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Newly Crowned Miss America Mallory Hagan to Serve as Spokesperson for IHOP’s 8th Annual National Pancake Day Celebration

  Newly Crowned Miss America Mallory Hagan to Serve as Spokesperson for IHOP’s
  8th Annual National Pancake Day Celebration

  Miss America 2013 To Help Raise $3 Million to Celebrate Children’s Miracle
   Network Hospitals’ 30^th Anniversary Encouraging Everyone to Enjoy Free
                        Pancakes Nationwide February 5

Business Wire

GLENDALE, Calif. -- January 16, 2013

Just a few short days after being crowned Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan has
announced that she plans to help IHOP™ raise more than $3 million for
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on Tuesday, February 5 as that
organization kicks off its 30^th anniversary. On that day, Hagan will be
exchanging her crown for a chef’s hat, her gown for an apron and her sash for
a spatula to serve as spokesperson for IHOP’s eighth annual National Pancake
Day, when participating IHOP restaurants nationwide give away millions of
buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In exchange for the free short
stack of pancakes, IHOP restaurants are encouraging guests to make a voluntary
donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.

Newly crowned Miss America Mallory Hagan signs on as spokesperson for IHOP's
National Pancake Day be ...

Newly crowned Miss America Mallory Hagan signs on as spokesperson for IHOP's
National Pancake Day benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other
local charities. (Photo: Business Wire)

“It’s an understatement when I say I’m thrilled and honored to begin my year
of service as Miss America by serving as the spokesperson for IHOP as they
help raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Hagan, who
serves as the charity’s National Goodwill Ambassador. “Helping save children’s
lives is the most worthy of causes, and I am grateful to start my year off by
helping to celebrate the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s 30^th
anniversary of helping children. I hope that everybody can celebrate with me
by going to IHOP on February 5^th to enjoy a short stack of free, delicious
buttermilk pancakes and help save the lives of children across the country.”

IHOP launched its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006 to benefit the
communities in which it operates. Last year’s fundraiser was the largest
one-day event in IHOP’s 54-year history with more than four million pancakes
given away and over $3 million raised for local children’s hospitals and other
worthy causes. To date, IHOP and its guests have raised more than $10 million
dollars in support of local charities.

“We congratulate Mallory on her accomplishment and welcome her partnership for
IHOP’s National Pancake Day this February 5^th,” said Julia Stewart, Interim
President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, Dine Equity, Inc. “Every year,
we look forward to partnering with the Miss America Organization and
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to continue supporting children’s health
and well-being throughout the nation.”

For more information about National Pancake Day, to find a local IHOP, or to
donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, please visit
www.IHOPpancakeday.com.

ABOUT IHOP

For 54 years, IHOP has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a
leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering,
serving 65 different signature, made-from-scratch breakfast options as well as
a range of meals under 600 calories. Beyond offering “everything you love
about breakfast,” IHOP has a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items,
as well. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with
warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2012, there were 1,565 IHOPs in
50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME® consumers can also enjoy a line of
premium breakfast products available at leading retailers. IHOP restaurants
are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of
Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN)

ABOUT THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement
programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young
women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local
organizations made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance.
For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.

ABOUT CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals
across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s
needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping
local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more
than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to
support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated
care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many
children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries
to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited
the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up
the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name
Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take
place a week before Shrove Tuesday, on Tuesday, February 5.

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Contact:

Wills Communications
Terry Wills, (310) 546-1212
twills@willscom.com
or
Miss America Organization
Sharon Pearce, (609) 653-8700
or
IHOP
Craig Hoffman, (818) 637-3603
 
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