The 2019 EAT-A-THON will be held on April 27, 2019. The 13th Annual EAT-A-THON will be the “Relays Edition”–occurring in the Fan Zone outside Drake Stadium at noon on Championship Saturday during the Drake Relays. 4×4 relay teams representing 12 local charities will attempt Jethro’s Emmenecker Challenge, aiming to raise over $50,000 for charity in 16 minutes of eating.
The EAT-A-THON has raised over $140,000 in pledges for local charities! The 2018 EAT-A-THON was a record-setting success. On April 23, 2018, at Jethro’s BBQ – Drake, icare partnered with the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity to raise over $40,000 for 12 local charities. The storied history of this event is archived here.
The contestants in years’ past have competed for local charities such as the ChildServe, INHF, YESS, Kick It Forward, 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, Seeds of Faith, Beacon of Life, and the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
The contestants raise money by soliciting pledges from generous donors who pledge an amount of money for unit of food a contestant eats (a per-wing pledge) or an amount of money regardless of how many units the contestant eats (a flat pledge). In year’s past, the contestants gorged on chicken wings; in 2019 we take on the Jethro’s Emmenecker Challenge.