Supporters of the children’s hospital in Greenville are encouraging folks to celebrate Fat Tuesday at the International House of Pancakes.
National Pancake Day runs today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at IHOP. The restaurant will offer guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and ask customers to make a donation to the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center.
It is the ninth consecutive year that IHOP restaurants nationwide have participated in the effort, which aims to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs.
National Pancake Day coincides with the Mardi Gras celebration of Fat Tuesday, the last day before the Lenten season. The restaurant said the tradition of eating pancakes prior to Lent dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting until Easter.
Strict rules prohibited the eating of dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products.
Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $13 million and given away more than 22 million pancakes to support charities in the communities where it operates, the restaurant reported.
Greenville’s IHOP is at 3010 S. Evans St. in the University Commons shopping center.