From left, Miss Montana Alexis Wineman tries to protect her pile of pancakes from the mischievous Samantha Faulkner, Montana's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals 2012 Champion, while Lt. Gov. John Walsh and KXLH anchor Shannon Newth watch their antics during a pancake stacking contest at IHOP in Helena on Tuesday morning.

The local celebrities were at IHOP to celebrate National Pancake Day in support of Montana's Children's Miracle Network Hospital and Shodair in Helena.

"I am honored to come to support the children and Shodair Hospital," said Walsh. "I thought it was going to be an eating contest so I skipped breakfast. Now I will have to sit down and enjoy a stack of pancakes for lunch."

For every short stack of pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network.  As Montana's only Children's Miracle Network hospital, the money raised at IHOPs across Montana will stay in-state to provide care for Shodair's patients, with the goal of raising $3 million across the country.

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