Football Team Answers IHOP Pancake Challenge, Helps Charity

May 1, 2001

PHOENIX, AZ --Twenty members of Arizona State University's Sun Devils football team and two of their coaches participated Saturday, April 28 in an IHOP Pancake Challenge to raise money to fund Childhelp USA programs serving Arizona's abused and neglected children. The event topped off a month-long 'penny per pancake' fund-drive by all 23 Arizona IHOPs, in honor of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

At the April 28th event, IHOP pledged $100 per stack of pancakes eaten by the ASU team members and their coaches during a one-hour challenge held at the Tempe IHOP located at 225 E. Apache Boulevard, across from the ASU campus.

The hungry contestants quickly exceeded the $5,000 fund-raising goal, consuming a total of 107 stacks of pancakes for a donation of $10,700 for their efforts. Combined with the 'penny per pancake' month-long fundraiser and donations by IHOP customers, a total of $20,000 will be contributed by IHOP and its Arizona franchisees to Childhelp USA for programs which serve thousands of Arizona children each year.

These include the Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona, a one-stop facility for the investigation and treatment of child abuse. Located in central Phoenix, it serves children from the greater Phoenix area and communities throughout the state.

In addition, the Scottsdale-based Childhelp USA' National Child Abuse Hotline,1-800-4-A-CHILD', serves adults and children 24 hours a day, providing professional crisis intervention, information, literature and referrals. A residential treatment facility is also planned on property near Wickenburg, Arizona. Scottsdale, AZ-based Childhelp USA is one of the oldest and largest national non-profit organizations dedicated to child abuse prevention and treatment.

'IHOP believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business and we are especially proud to support an organization like Childhelp USA during National Child Abuse Prevention Month,' said Chris Milisci, owner and operator of 14 IHOP restaurants in Arizona, including the Tempe location. 'All of the Arizona restaurants have received tremendous community support and this is one way of acknowledging and thanking local residents and their families.'

All of the IHOPs in Phoenix, Tucson, Glendale, Mesa, Chandler, Flagstaff, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Gilbert participated in the April fund-raiser.

IHOP has been serving its signature pancakes for more than 40 years. In a typical year, IHOP dishes up more than 500 million pancakes - in more than 16 varieties -- in its 900-plus restaurants. Favorites include Country Griddle Cakes, award-winning Buttermilk, Chocolate Chip, Harvest Grain 'N Nut and IHOP's famous fruit-topped pancakes.

Headquartered in Glendale, Calif., IHOP Corp. develops, franchises and operates International House of Pancakes restaurants, one of the best-known national family restaurant chains. As of December 31, 2000, the end of the company's fourth quarter, there were 968 IHOP restaurants in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Japan. For more information, please call the company's headquarters at (818) 240-6055 or visit its Web site at

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