Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, including the Fort Dodge location, will offer guests to a free short stack of its made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes on Saturday in celebration of Give Kids The World Pancake Day.
Throughout the day, guests dining at participating Perkins locations across the country can savor the complimentary pancakes. In return, Perkins hopes guests will consider making a donation to Give Kids The World, a central Florida nonprofit resort that provides week-long, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
"For more than two decades Perkins has supported GKTW through a national fundraising campaign," said Bob Winters, senior vice president at Perkins and GKTW liaison. "Our second annual free pancake offering reiterates our commitment to this outstanding organization."
As a longtime partner of GKTW, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery opened the Village's Gingerbread House Restaurant in 1990. Since that first day, the Gingerbread House has served more than 4 million complimentary meals to "wish" families staying at GKTW. Winters points out that, "none of this would be possible without the tireless efforts and dedication of our franchisees, employees, vendor partners and customers to whom we are extremely grateful."
"Give Kids The World Pancake Day at Perkins is a delicious way for Perkins guests to help create magical memories for GKTW families," said Pamela Landwirth, president, Give Kids The World. "Through the continued support of generous partners like Perkins and their guests, Give Kids The World is able to fulfill its mission of providing the happiness that inspires hope for children battling a life-threatening illness."
Founded in 1958, Perkins operates 421 restaurants in 34 states and five Canadian provinces. The Perkins system includes 132 company-owned and operated restaurants and 289 franchised units. Perkins has supported Give Kids The World for 22 years with annual fundraising efforts including community-oriented events and specially-marked coin boxes for donations in the lobbies of most Perkins restaurants. Perkins also operates the Gingerbread House Restaurant at Give Kids The World Village. This 200-seat restaurant serves more than 200,000 free meals to Give Kids The World guests each year.
About Give Kids The World
Recognized as the highest rated charity in America by personal finance site MainStreet, and also reported by MSN Money, Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 115,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. For more information about GKTW and its mission, visit givekidstheworld.org.