By Ipshita Moitra
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
IHOP in East Lansing, returns with its annual tradition of serving free stacks of buttermilk pancakes for a donation to the Sparrow Hospital for children fighting cancer. The event in East Lansing alone collected $3000.
The pancakes were served every-day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to customers, who in return were requested to donate any amount of money for the charity. The event ran for a month, and concluded on March 4, which also happened to be National Pancake Day.
Starting on Feb. 4, its aim was to collect funds and create awareness for Sparrow Children’s Center: A Children’s Miracle Network Operator. Started in 2006, the fundraiser received donations from a wide range of age groups, which consisted of college students, high school students and local residents.
Michigan as a whole collected $18,000 from this event which ran in places such as Bloomfield, Dearborn and Saginaw.
“The event happened for a month,” said manager Reynold Gibson III. “We saw many people throughout day and it was a success.”
Overnight manager Koven Binion says IHOP sold numerous stacks of pancakes during the entire event. Donations ranged from $1 to as much as $30.
“People came in mostly left loose changes,” said Binion. “Some people donated $20 or $30, but that was rare.”
“We got really busy as I remember in total we made 1,408 stacks of buttermilk pancakes.” concluded Binion.
“The pancakes were great and I enjoyed helping for the charity,” said Simon Stepho who was eating at the restaurant during the event. “ I donated some money and I hope they made enough.”