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Piling up 'cakes for kids

IHOP gives free pancakes to raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital
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Locals lined up for free pancakes Tuesday in celebration of National Pancake Day. International House of Pancake locations, including Rocklin on Stanford Ranch Road, served up short stacks of three buttermilk pancakes to customers at no cost. For the free meal, IHOP asked for donations to help children’s hospitals. In Rocklin, donations will go to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Rocklin IHOP General Manager Aaron Czub said he worked a long day Tuesday – he opened the restaurant at 4:45 a.m. in anticipation of lines of people waiting for free breakfast and closed at midnight. Free pancakes were served all day. Czub estimated the Rocklin IHOP would cook up 1,500 stacks of pancakes Tuesday. On a typical Tuesday, Czub said they serve approximately 75 to 100 stacks of pancakes. Volunteers from Rocklin High School and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital stepped in to help serve and seat hungry customers, Czub said. “We’re actually very fast,” Czub said. “Our staff is well aware and we’re equipped. Every inch of grill space will be used for pancakes.” This year, IHOP is hoping to raise $2.3 million nationally through their National Pancake Day fundraiser. Since the start in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $5.35 million. Czub said it’s a great opportunity to help those in need. “It’s giving back to the community and giving back to the kids,” Czub. ~Lauren Gibbs