Prairie Meadows Donates $10,000 to Employee Carson King's Fundraiser

Rapid Response Team Employee, Carson King’s Viral Fundraising Efforts Are Skyrocketing

September 19 – Altoona, IA. As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows fulfills its mission by giving back to organizations that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services to the state of Iowa. And this spirit of giving is part of one of Prairie Meadows’ employee’s viral fame.

Carson King, an employee with Prairie Meadows’ rapid response team, has embarked on an epic fundraising adventure with the humble beginnings of a hand-written sign asking for money for Busch Light during ESPN’s famed College GameDay broadcast.

As of this afternoon, King’s donations have topped the $100,000 mark with all proceeds, minus enough cash for a case of Busch Light, going to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

King has also received pledges from both Anheuser-Busch and Venmo to match the donations he collects. It is with great pride that Prairie Meadows donates $10,000 to King’s cause. Prairie Meadows has donated $1.8 billion to the state of Iowa through taxes, grants, and charitable donations to help those in need and adding to King’s efforts for the Stead Family Children’s Hospital is a core value in our giving purpose.

“We are extremely impressed by the great work Carson has done and how well he has represented Prairie Meadows. His philanthropic initiative to help the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital represents us well and his values match those of our organization,” said Brad Rhines, Prairie Meadows’ Chief Strategic Officer.

With the donations still coming in and Prairie Meadows’ donation of $10,000, the Stead Family Children’s Hospital is likely to receive nearly $350,000.

“Providing dollars for Carson’s fundraiser is important to us as it supports the core of our giving efforts. And to see one of our employees stepping up to better our community makes this donation even more special,” said Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows’ Director of Community Relations.

ABC’s morning show Good Morning America will feature King in a special segment on September 20.

King will continue to receive donations through September 30, 2019. To donate, send funds to Carson King via Venmo at carson-king-25 or donate directly to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital at


About Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows began operations as a nonprofit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given $1.8 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers nearly 1,700 slot machines, table games, sports wagering, live and simulcast racing, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.


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