The 2020 EAT-A-THON will be held on April 25, 2020.  The 14th Annual EAT-A-THON will take place in the Fan Zone outside Drake Stadium during intermission on Championship Saturday at the Drake Relays.   4×4 relay teams representing 14 local charities will attempt Jethro’s Emmenecker Challenge, aiming to raise over $100,000 for charity in 16 minutes of eating. 

The EAT-A-THON has raised over $200,000 in pledges for local charities! The 2019 EAT-A-THON was a record-setting success.  On April 27, 2019, during the Relays, 10 local charities competed to raise a total of $67,266

 The storied history of this event is archived here. 

The contestants in years’ past have competed for local charities such as the Eat Greater Des Moines, Orchard Place, ChildServe, INHF, YESS, Kick It Forward, PCBA VLP, Iowa Legal Aid, Amanda the Panda, Justice for Our Neighbors, Kids First Law Center, YMCA Partners, On With Life, Progress Industries, 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 ounce 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 took on the Jethro’s Emmenecker Challenge.

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 nonprofits charities.  You may also make an online pledge to one of the contestants and their charities by visiting our pledge page.