2018 EAT-A-THON

The 2018 EAT-A-THON was a record-setting success.  On April 23, at Jethro’s BBQ – Drake, icare partnered with the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity to raise over $40,000 for 12 local charities. 

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The EAT-A-THON featured local attorneys and law students who compEATed to see who can eat the most chicken wings in 15 minutes and simultaneously raise the most money for local charities.  Here are the results:

These 12 tag-teams combined to convert 896 chicken wings into $40,000 in pledges in 15 minutes:

  1. icare
  2. Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)
  3. Beacon of Life
    • Rob Evans with Grefe & Sydney
    • Drake 3L Bianca Prosper
  4. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
    • Ed Cox with Orsborn, Milani, Mitchell & Goedken LLP
    • Drake 2L Alec Osland
  5. Courage League Sports
  6. Kick it Forward
    • Matt Sahag with Dicky & Campbell Law Firm
    • Drake 3L Jake Oeth
  7. Kids First Law Center
    • Van Everett with Whitfield & Eddy Law Firm
    • Drake 1L David Newkirk
  8. Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
  9. Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project 
  10. James A. Albert Foundation
  11. The Native Fund
    • Kyle McCann, formerly of Brick Gentry, and now with the Native Fund    
    • Iowa 2L Jared Manternach
  12. ChildServe
    • Nick Gerhart, Chief Administrative Officer at Farm Bureau Financial Services   
    • Drake 3L Kacy Flaherty

The EAT-A-THON has raised over $140,000 in pledges for local charities!  icare is proud of the EAT-A-THON tradition–particularly the event’s ability to empower current law students to make a difference for something they care about.

The contestants in years’ past have competed for local charities such as the PCBA VLP, Iowa Legal Aid, Puppy Jake Foundation, Amanda the Panda, Justice for Our Neighbors, Kids First Law Center, YMCA Partners, On With Life, Progress Industries, Orchard Place, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa, Woodward Academy, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, Iowa C.O.P.S., the James A. Albert Foundation, Courage League Sports, the Iowa Association for Justice, Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation, and the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

The contestants raise money by soliciting pledges, with the help of a team of “wingmen,” from generous donors who pledge an amount of money for each chicken wing a contestant eats (a per-wing pledge) or an amount of money regardless of how many chicken wings the contestant eats (a flat pledge).  

Check out our Facebook page as the event draws near each year for updated information about the EAT-A-THON, including the contestants and their chosen charities.  You may also make an online pledge to one of the contestants and their charities by visiting our pledge page.
In case you missed the 2017 edition, watch champion Katie Raisch dominate 90 chicken-wings in a few minutes.