We are very happy to have been involved with several events to support Lou Maschi, owner of the IHOP in Brick, in his quest to help some very special children in our community.

(Lou Maschi, third from right, with family, employees, and kids from Children's Specialized Hospital, photo from Lou Maschi)
(Lou Maschi, third from right, with family, employees, and kids from Children's Specialized Hospital, photo from Lou Maschi)

For several years, Lou and I have broadcast our morning show annually on National Pancake Day from the IHOP in Brick as Lou Maschi and his family and employees raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.

So it is with pleasure that we announce not one, but TWO, very special awards that Lou Maschi is being honored with this month.

Each year Children's Specialized Hospital honors a corporation for their efforts in helping kids it serves who are facing health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries to developmental issues like autism and mental health. But this year, for the first time in 28 years, Children's Specialized Hospitals will be honoring an INDIVIDUAL for everything done for those kids in addition to raising almost $300,000. And that individual is Lou Maschi.

In addition to that great honor, this past weekend, IHOP held its international conference for franchise restaurant owners from all over the WORLD. And this year, Lou Maschi was awarded the most prestigious award of all for IHOP, called "The Heart of IHOP" award.

This award goes to the franchise that best represents IHOP for their involvement in helping people throughout the community. So just what has the Brick IHOP done in the community to earn this award?

In addition to raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, Lou helps with school reading programs, sports teams, No Kid Goes Hungry, pancake breakfasts for churches, hiring challenged and disabled people to work in the restaurant, work with PAL of Brick, cooking breakfast at children's hospitals, bringing kids and their families to professional sporting events, opening their doors after Sandy to feed countless people in need, support to retirement communities to help wounded warriors, student and teacher of the month for local high schools, tours for vocational schools to teach students how to run a restaurant, and so much more.

Lou would like to thank all the great people of Ocean and Monmouth Counties that have made contributions small and large over the past several years to the Children's Miracle Network (which goes to help kids at Children's Specialized Hospitals), and Townsquare Media for their support along the way.

Thanks, Lou, for all of your hard work in helping so many others in our community. You're one of the good guys!

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