Posts Tagged ‘Childrens Hospital’

When traveling the open road it’s important to grab a snack in order to maintain driving alertness level.

I’m not talking about a SlimJim or a can of Vienna sausages and a cracker here.  Rather, a big stack of buttermilk pancakes augmented with some eggs, link sausage, bacon, fried potatoes, cat head biscuits smothered in gravy and a large glass of OJ.

Fortunately, today is flap-jack-pot at IHOP restaurants where any guest can request a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes until 10pm tonight.  Why?  It’s IHOP National Pancake Day.  The day 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.  As part of the IHOP event, patrons are invited to make a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children which last year the benefit raised $1.5 million nationwide.

Ride, drive or walk in for your free pancakes and help contribute to a good cause.

Photo courtesy of IHOP.

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Thirteen years ago in Seattle, 100 motorcycles gathered to participate in the first Children’s Ride. The event was a success raising $13,000 for Children’s Hospital.  Last year the Children’s Ride #12 raised more than $680,000 for Children’s Hospital. The ride has become one of the top five guild fundraisers for Children’s Hospital as well as one of the largest charity motorcycle events in the Pacific Northwest.

The Imagine Guild and Children’s Ride was founded in 1995 by Rick Baldwin. In 1974, Rick’s daughter Tessa was admitted to Children’s Hospital for treatment of third-degree burns when a coffee pot toppled on to her. Being a young father with limited financial resources, Rick benefited from the uncompensated care fund provided by Children’s Hospital. Always wanting to repay the hospital for the care his family received, Rick combined his love for motorcycles with his gratitude to Children’s Hospital and the idea for Children’s Ride was born.

This year the Imagine Guild will expand the Children’s Ride event to include a concert.  Not just local bands, but top talent from the likes of: Marshall Tucker Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd , Spike and the Impalers, Starship and Foghat.

There are three registration levels this year:

  • Basic Ride Package = $70 per person – includes a concert ticket at the 200 level on the White River Amphitheater (WRA) Venue Map
  • Enhanced Ride Package = $90 per person – includes a concert ticket at the 100 level on the WRA Venue Map
  • Enhanced Plus Ride Package = $130 per person – includes a concert ticket in the Floor Level on the WRA Venue Map

The Friday night before the concert is a Children’s Ride Gala and Auction. This festive affair will feature silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment. Bid on a Harley-Davidson custom motorcycle by Brian Klock.  Brian makes some awesome baggers!

What better way to party (biker style) and raise money for Children’s Hospital.


Poster picture courtesy of Hawgtide.

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