Call for entries the 5th Annual 40 Winks Bed Race; Race benefits children in the Maple Grove area

At Maple Grove Days this year the Maple Grove Rotary is looking to increase donations at the bed race benefiting Slumberland Furniture’s 40 Winks Foundation. Last year the Rotary raised $4800 and thirty-two beds plus sheet sets were donated to CROSS. This year the Rotary hopes to reach 40 Beds.

This is a call for entry for the bed race. Businesses, churches, neighborhoods and individuals, this is your chance to have a lot of fun for a great cause. Applications can be found on the Maple Grove Days website: maplegrovedays.org.

The Slumberland’s 40 Winks Foundation seeks to provide mattresses and beds to children and families lacking these resources to help them attain one of the foundational blocks of life – a full and healthy night’s sleep. For too many children and families across America, getting a good night’s sleep is only something they dream about. 40 Winks Foundation is unique because all the funds raised in a community will see the funds returned to people who need beds.

"We feel this would be a great way to involve the community to have fun and help children in Maple Grove," said Tom Anderson, Maple Grove Rotarian. "The Maple Grove Rotary made the decision to help organize and run the bed race because we know there is a need to provide beds for children. The Maple Grove Rotarian’s mission is to encourage and foster service in our community, and this is a great way to do it."

"The 40 Winks Foundation was created so the public can participate by donating monetarily to helping children get off the floor at night," said 40 Winks Foundation Representative Lorrie Link. "One hundred percent of the proceeds donated go back into the community as beds to people in need."

"This is the fifth year we’ve had the bed races and we’re happy that the Rotary will help run this event. We’re excited to have the bed races and at the same time it will benefit children without beds," said MGCO President Deb Syhre. "The 40 Winks Foundation will be donating all mattress sets from the race to CROSS, a local charity."

The public is invited to participate in teams of five people (four people pushing the bed, one person riding). The $150 team entry fee will go towards a purchase of a bed that will be donated to CROSS. Bed racers will be encouraged to collect pledges.

Maple Grove Days 40 Winks Bed Race is July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Town Green.

For more information contact Maple Grove Days at 763-494-5985. Be sure to see the website, maplegrovedays.org, for more information about all Maple Grove Days events.

The Maple Grove Community Organization (MGCO), established in 1988, is made up of volunteers promoting city heritage, fostering community pride and establishing community tradition. MGCO brings together citizens, business and civic organizations by sponsoring public events. MGCO meets the fourth Tuesday every month. Meetings are held at the Maple Grove Community Center, located on Community Center Drive and Weaver Lake Road.

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