Tierre Rhodes

ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOX)- Miss Missouri, Shelby Ringdahl, is replacing her crown and sash for an apron and spatula on Tuesday. Ringdahl is flipping pancakes for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a spokesperson for IHOP’s National Pancake Day.

From 6-9 a.m., Ringdahl will learn how to make the perfect pancake. She will flip and serve guests at the IHOP located at 8049 Clayton Rd in St. Louis.

She will also visit with some of the children at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in hopes to lend a helping hand.

Today IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, in efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide.

IHOP hopes to receive more donations this year than in previous. The goal is to raise $3 million, resulting in a total of about $16 million out of nine years of fundraising. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served today, IHOP guests will be invited to make a donation.

Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent on “Shrove Tuesday.” There were strict rules prohibiting eating of all dairy products during that period, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations include all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day, stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, the network has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon.

Its fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org.


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