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Miss America Helps IHOP Prepare for National Pancake Day

Miss America prepares to flip pancakes for National Pancake Day.

Might want to set your alarm a little early on Tuesday because it's the eighth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

On February 5, IHOPs across the nation will be giving customers free pancakes to support the Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

Ever since the national restaurant chain started the tradition of giving away free pancakes for charity in 2006, they have managed to raise a staggering amount of over $10 million for charity.

Guests will receive a complimentary short stack and in return they may consider leaving a donation for designated local charities.

If free food and good deeds isn't enough motivation, newly elected Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan will be serving pancakes herself in the Hollywood Chamblee Plaza IHOP tomorrow from 8-10am as a spokesperson for the IHOP National Pancake Day.

To fully prepare herself, Hagan will be trading her crown for a chef's hat and learning how to flip a flapjack at IHOP's headquarters today.

Although IHOP started their National Pancake Day in 2006 to raise awareness and donations for charity, Pancake day itself is actually a century long tradition that started in England. Pancake Tuesday stems for the English preparing for Lent by getting rid of dairy products.

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