“They that study hard ought not to eat so much as those that work hard, their digestion being not so good.” – Benjamin Franklin
There are a few times a year where we get to indulge; even a few times where we can overindulge. But I’m a lucky girl: I actually get to overeat once a year to help raise money for a good cause!!
Clean and dainty...no overeating here!
October 20th is the 5th annual Iowa Central American Relief Effort (I-CARE) Eat-A-Thon. I-CARE is a non-profit started by two of my law school classmates. After studying abroad and then returning to Nicaragua, they were moved to action by the poverty they witnessed. And ICARE has grown each year: this year the non-profit began a revolving micro-loan fund to empower people to build a better future for themselves.
Best of all: they cover all the expenses of the non-profit themselves so 100% of the money raised benefits their projects in Central America. Please read more about I-CARE here.
This is where I come in. This is my FOURTH year participating in their largest fundraiser: the Eat -A-Thon. The rules of the Eat A Thon are simple: 2 rounds, 15 minutes total, eat as many chicken wings as possible. My supporters pledge money per wing…so each wing eaten equals money for charity.
UNFORESEEN BONUS: This is one of the few times I can use “literally” correctly…I have literally eaten as many as humanly possible (without dying) each year. The evidence:
EXHIBIT A: 2006
Not now bro, I'm in the zone.
The Results: 39 hot wings eaten in 30 minutes.
EXHIBIT B: 2008
Getting down and dirty
Please note the pained look....that is dedication people!!
The results: 46 hot wings eaten in 15 minutes. (I know…I’m a monster.)
EXHIBIT C: 2009
This must be early...note the clean face.
And the results?? Last year I ate a personal best 47 wings in 15 minutes (Don’t act like you’re not impressed)
Over the last few years I have eaten 132 wings and raised over $2,000. Each wing has been worth an average of $10.00. And next Wednesday….I’m doing it all again!!
If you are a fan of chicken, or charity, or just eating in general, would you consider helping me reach another personal best this year? You have all been so supportive of this blog and I would love to have your support for my one annual charity event. Your per wing pledge helps me raise money with EACH hot wing I consume and every penny goes to a good cause.
I mean…how often can you support a good cause that involves hot sauce and Tums. Lots and lots of tums….
You want in? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your pledge. THAT’S IT! After the Eat A Thon, the non-profit directors will contact you with the gut-wrenching results and the steps to fulfill your pledge (PayPal, baby!)
Thanks for your support, both moral and financial!!
Any of you ever dabbled in competitive eating? What food would you dominate an eating contest in?
xoxo Flyover Foodie
p.s. I promise to post post-competitive results here, along with some love for my donors!