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New Miss America flips for IHOP pancakes

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Picture this: You've just been named Miss America. You're standing next to host Mario Lopez. A glittery tiara is now being placed on your head. What do you do now?

Well, according to a news release that just crossed our desk: "Immediately following her crowning as Miss America 2010 on Saturday, Caressa Cameron announced that she will serve as spokesperson for IHOP’s fifth National Pancake Day celebration benefiting Children’s Miracle Network." (The emphasis is ours.)

In all seriousness, IHOP hopes to raise more than $1.75 million for children’s hospital programs. To that end, restaurants nationwide will give away millions of buttermilk pancakes, free, on Feb. 23 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The catch? "In return, America’s favorite restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner asks that guests make a voluntary donation to support local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network, and other local charities."

Another way to help out: IHOP is selling paper balloon icons at restaurants nationwide. $1 and $5 balloons are available as part of their month-long fundraising effort. Balloons can be personalized and displayed at participating restaurants. The news release says that "100% of funds raised through the balloon sales and on National Pancake Day will benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital and stay in the community in which the funds were raised."

One question the news release does not answer: Does the new whippet-thin Miss America even eat pancakes? Or is she like, "I just won the pageant, I can eat whatever I want now!"

And by the way, IHOP -- I think you should reconsider your decision to take the corn cake pancakes off the menu at my local IHOP...

-- Rene Lynch

Photos: (left) Newly crowned Miss America Caressa Cameron. Credit: EPA

(right) IHOP will be giving away pancakes for free on Feb. 23 as part of a fundraiser for children's hospital programs. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

 
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I like Miss America supporting the fund raising for noble causes, even if it involves seemingly irrelevant partnerships.


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