Columbus Cottonmouth head coach Jerome Bechard watched as Daniel Lardinois, franchisee of the IHOP restaurant at 2111 Airport Thruway in Columbus, tossed another pancake onto the griddle for Dr. Rebecca Reamy, Midtown Medical Center's chief of pediatrics, during a pancake flipping contest Tuesday morning at the restaurant.
Bechard and the team's mascot Boomer joined several local celebrities and regional titleholders in the Miss America organization in the pancake flipping contest.
Today is National Pancake Day and area IHOP locations are offering guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and inviting guests to make a voluntary donation to The Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center. The offer is from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at IHOP locations in Columbus, Phenix City and Auburn.
The event aims to raise funds and awareness for The Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center. IHOP National Pancake Day has raised approximately $15 million for child patients since 2006.
"IHOP teams in the Columbus market have been incredibly supportive of our Children's Hospital," said Mary Johnson, Children's Miracle Network Program Director at Columbus Regional Health Foundation. "We are grateful for their passion and dedication to helping our local sick and injured children."
Participating IHOP locations include:
- 2111 Airport Thruway, Columbus, GA 31904
- 2939 N Lake Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31909
- 6317 Talokas Lane, Columbus, GA 31909
- 3747 US-431, Phenix City, AL 36867
- 1463 Opelika Rd, Auburn, AL 36830
Those who wish to donate but cannot make it in person can contribute online.