Tuesday, September 2, 2014 · 7:36 a.m.

Photos: IHOP flips pancakes for Children's Hospital at Erlanger patients

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Laylah Evans, a Chickamauga, Ga., resident who is not even 2 yet, is a professional when it comes to eating pancakes. (Photo: Contributed)

IHOP staff members from the Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., location turned the Children's Hospital at Erlanger playroom into an IHOP kitchen and flipped pancakes for the patients Monday.

Allen Burney, general manager, and Yvette Gervais, cook prep, came with lots of batter and a selection of all of the restaurant's famous toppings to serve the hospital's pediatric patients, family members and staff in honor of Children's Miracle Network. 

Monday's visit was a practice run for Tuesday, when IHOP will serve free small stacks at all locations to all patrons, who are encouraged to donate to the network. The chain announced in December that it aims to raise $3 million during Feb. 5's event as a kickoff to the 2013 fundraising year for Children's Miracle Network.

One hundred percent of the donations raised Tuesday will go to provide vital equipment and teach life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children. All money raised locally will stay in the region. 

IHOP has held National Pancake Day for eight years now, and in that time, the program has raised more than $10 million for Children's Miracle Network and local charities. More than $3 million was raised in 2012 alone. 

For more information on National Pancake Day or to make an online donation, click here.

Fort Oglethorpe’s IHOP general manager, Allen Burney, told the audience of Children’s Hospital patients, family members and staff that he never gets tired of making pancakes. (Photo: Contributed)
Eleven-year-old Dawson Thompson from Chickamauga, Ga., helps himself to some apples to top his IHOP buttermilk pancakes. (Photo: Contributed)
Trevor Houston, a 6-year-old from Bridgeport, Ala., and last year’s Children’s Hospital Miracle Child, can’t get enough of IHOP’s syrup on top of his pancakes. (Photo: Contributed)
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