IHOP raises money for Riley

IHOP restaurant in Columbus will give diners a free short stack of pancakes on Tuesday, National Pancake Day, while collecting donations for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The benefit is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the restaurant at 54 Johnson Blvd.

General manager Todd Goodin said his nephew was born two months premature and spent some time at Riley, and that the hospital has always had a special place in his heart.

IHOP locally raised more than $4,000 in last year’s benefit and has a goal of $5,000 this year, Goodin said.

More than $24 million has been raised for charity since National Pancake Day was started by IHOP in 2006, according to the company’s website. IHOP has a goal of raising $3.5 million this year for children battling critical illnesses.

For information, visit ihop.com/national-pancake-day.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com