DAYTON — Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell traded in her tiara and sash for a chef’s hat and apron recently on a visit to Dayton Children’s Hospital for Children’s Miracle Network and as a spokesperson for IHOP Restaurants.
She served pancakes to families and staff, and visited children — including Troy High School’s Shelby Mathes — in their rooms and the playrooms.
Mathes visits the hospital for treatment of osteosarcoma, which is bone cancer.
The visit was in preparation for the annual National Pancake Day coming up on March 8. On that day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local causes.
For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, guests are invited to make a donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program. IHOP proceeds within Dayton benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital.
This year, in honor of the 11th anniversary of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants are hoping to stack up donations, with a goal to raise $3.5 million, for a total of nearly $23.5 million in 11 years. Money donated to Children’s Miracle Network in the Dayton area goes to fund critical, life-saving equipment for the children who have to come to the emergency department, the newborn intensive care unit or the cancer center at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
In the morning, Dayton Children’s ambassadors Caulin Booher from Beavercreek and Emily Michel from Englewood joined Miss America to learn how to flip a perfect pancake at the IHOP location on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.