about icare

icare is a not-for-profit organization based in Urbandale, Iowa, USA.  icare hosts a one-of-a-kind annual fundraiser to benefit worthy Central-Iowa nonprofits.  The EAT-A-THON has grown from humble roots as a student-created fundraiser into the galaxy’s greatest charitable eating event, benefiting some of Central Iowa’s most respected nonprofits.  2019 promises to be our best year yet. 

icare inspires Iowans to champion charitable causes of all kinds through our one-of-a-kind fundraiser, the EAT-A-THON.  

Ben Parrott and Kirk Schuler founded icare in April 2005 when they were students at Drake University Law School.  The seeds that grew into icare were planted a few years earlier.  In 2002, Ben studied in Managua and traveled throughout Nicaragua.  He lived with a local family, and fell in love with the warm people and vibrant culture.  In 2004, and while in law school, Ben and Kirk visited Nicaragua and returned with a plan to put their legal skills to work for charity.  icare was born.

icare’s first project updated the chemotherapy clinic at the Hospitál Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales in León, Nicaragua–proving bedding, air conditioning, plumbing, and other necessities.  icare also collected clothing and medical supplies and delivered them to Nicaragua to support poor cancer patients.

In 2013, icare added two new board members and an immense amount of talent and passion. Blake McKibbin officially joined the board after unofficially helping to lead icare since creating (and placing second) in the first EAT-A-THON in 2006. Bethney Ahrendsen, also a long-time friend and supporter of icare, is a Drake MBA grad who brings a business background, serious marketing chops, and a big heart.

icare’s longest-running project, apart from the EAT-A-THON, continues to support a women’s health care advocate in Managua, Nicaragua. Maritza Medrano visits the country’s poorest cancer victims on icare’s behalf. She supports them physically, emotionally, spiritually, and fights for them to get the health care all people deserve. A portion of EAT-A-THON proceeds continues to support this project.

The United States Government awarded icare 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 2005.  As a result, donations to icare are tax deductible.

Our Board of Directors:

i-care's BOD: Ben, Bethney, Blake, and Kirk

i-care’s board: Ben, Bethney, Blake, and Kirk

Our Coordinator in Nicaragua:

Maritza in Madison County

Maritza Medrano (visiting Madison County, Iowa!)