The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta hosts 4th annual Atlanta Bed Race including inaugural 5K Pajama Fun Run on Saturday, September 13
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The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta is turning this year’s Bed Race into a sweet dream of a charity event on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, with the addition of the Pajama 5K that will take P.J.-clad runners through the streets of Buckhead.
In its fourth year, the 2014 Atlanta Bed Race is a fund-raising event that benefits The Furniture Bank, the only agency in metro Atlanta whose mission is to provide free furniture to people in need. Provided with a twin bed on wheels, five-person race teams choose a theme and costumes; fundraise; take part in the parade of beds; and then race “lights out” down the street. Awards are given for the “Top Fundraiser,” “Best Costumes,” and “Bed Race Winner.” Other activities include a Kids’ Zone and raffle.
The Furniture Bank has partnered with Road Runner Sports to sponsor and organize the Pajama 5K. Road Runner Sports in Buckhead at 3756 Roswell Rd. NE #16, Atlanta, GA 30342, will serve as the location for packet pickups as well as the starting place for the Fun Run and Bed Race on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Although not a requirement, runners are encouraged to run in their pajamas to add to the fun and frivolity of the event.
The deadline to enter a Bed Race team is September 5 at midnight. Entry fee is $125 ($25 per person) per team, with space limited to 20 teams. Entry fee for the 5K is $25 per person, and registration will remain open until the start of the race. Online registration is available at: https://roadrunnersports.fundly.com/atlantabedrace.
“The Bed Race is a really unique and fun event, and we’re excited to have it along with the 5K Fun Run in Buckhead this year,” said Megan Anderson, executive director of The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. “The funds raised will directly support our mission of providing furniture to people coming out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or living with HIV/AIDS, enabling us to pay for things such as fuel for the trucks that pick up and deliver donated furniture.”
The Furniture Bank, in partnership with homeless shelters and other non-profits, is able to assist over 3,000 people, and more than 1,000 families every year. The goal for this year’s event is to raise $20,000. Funds raised will be used to help meet increased demand, specifically to cover the costs associated with picking up furniture donations and delivering furniture to clients.
Important event details to note are:
─ Check-in Begins: 7:00 a.m.
─ Pajama 5K: 8 a.m.
─ Kids’ Fun Run: 8:45 a.m.
─ Parade of Beds: 9:10 a.m.
─ Bed Race: 9:30 a.m.
Event sponsors include Carabiner Communications, Cox Enterprises, and Road Runner Sports. Information about sponsorships, donations, and registration can be found at: http://www.furniturebankatlanta.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To be included on event signage and T-shirts, sponsorships should be finalized by August 29
To keep up with the latest information about The Furniture Bank and its upcoming event, please follow on Facebook at TheFurnitureBankofMetroAtlanta, Twitter at @furniturebnkatl and on Instagram @furniturebankatl.
About The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta
The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta was founded in 1988 in response to the lack of furniture resources for previously homeless people who secure housing. The Furniture Bank is the only agency in metro Atlanta whose mission is to provide free furniture to people in need. Clients transitioning out of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, and fleeing domestic violence often spend the majority of their resources on a security deposit and first month’s rent, leaving little or no money to purchase furniture. The Furniture Bank ensures these clients and each of their children have a bed to sleep on. Furnishings provided include a table for sharing meals and a couch for relaxing. A furnished home increases a sense of ownership and confidence, benefits physical health, and helps our clients maintain stable housing, which is key to breaking the cycle of homelessness. For more information, visit www.furniturebankatlanta.org.