The International House of Pancakes hosted its National Pancake Days Tuesday, offering patrons the opportunity to donate to a good cause in the process.
Shriners from Ardmore and Oklahoma City were at the Ardmore IHOP throughout the day, taking donations for hospitals in Houston, Galveston, Texas and Shreveport, La.
Thad Sandusky, Assistant Rabban for the India Shrine Center in Oklahoma City said the hospitals treat 1,060 patients in its jurisdiction. Of those patients, there are 40 active from Carter, Love and Marshall Counties. Treatment at Shriner's Children Hospitals is available to kids from birth to 18 years of age.
To commemorate the occasion, Vice-Mayor Sheryl Ellis read a citation on behalf of the City of Ardmore.
"All money donated will go to our hospitals," Sandusky said. "In our jurisdiction, we transport patients to the hospitals free of charge. We are here from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will meet and greet people and tell them about our hospitals."
During National Pancake Days, each IHOP chooses a charity to sponsor. Each customer received a free short stack of pancakes and had the option of making a donation to the Shriners throughout the day. Sandusky said $1,800 was raised in Ardmore last year.
The Ardmore Club was present along with Oklahoma City officials. Sandusky said there is 35 to 40 members locally which hold fundraising programs throughout the year.