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MISS AMERICA 2016, BETTY CANTRELL, HELPS IHOP® RESTAURANTS AND CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS FOR 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY®

MISS AMERICA 2016, BETTY CANTRELL, HELPS IHOP® RESTAURANTS AND CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS FOR 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY®

Miss America 2016 Pledges to Help Raise $3.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on National Pancake Day®

GLENDALE, CA (January 26, 2016) - Today Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016, announced plans to partner with IHOP® Restaurants and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the 11th annual National Pancake Day® on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 and help raise $3.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.

On National Pancake Day, Cantrell will trade in her crown and sash for a chef’s hat and apron as she assumes her role as spokesperson for the family-friendly restaurant’s annual fundraising event. Participating IHOP restaurants will offer one free short stack of pancakes to guests from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on March 8. In return, guests are encouraged to leave behind a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and other local charities.

“I am thrilled and honored to be part of Miss America Organization’s long-standing partnership with IHOP and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Betty Cantrell. “I am a big believer in doing what it takes to keep our nation’s children healthy and happy, so any opportunity where I can help raise funds for children in need is so important to me, not only in my role as Miss America, but also as the official spokesperson for National Pancake Day 2016.”

Since its inception in 2006, IHOP has raised $20 million for charities within the communities in which each restaurant operates. Last year, National Pancake Day raised $3.5 million while giving away more than 6.6 million pancakes nationwide.

“We are excited to have Betty joining us as a spokesperson for National Pancake Day,” said Darren Rebelez, President, IHOP. “Each year, we are so grateful to work with the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To be able to continue improving the lives of children is what makes National Pancake Day such a success year after year.”

For more information about National Pancake Day, to find a local IHOP, or to donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, please visit www.IHOPpancakeday.com.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES, LLC
For over 57 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2015, there were 1,667 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and the Philippines. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN).