PLATTSBURGH - The Plattsburgh Rotary Club has found a fun and unique way to raise money for their organization.
For the first time, the nonprofit organization which helps raise money for other organizations will host a "Bed Race," Saturday, Sept. 11, at 3:15 p.m.
Looking for a different type of fundraiser, members of the club spoke with other clubs in the country, and with ideas from members Steve Fredericks and Keith Tyo, a plan was put together.
Teams, which consist of five participants and two optional alternates, must have one person in a bed, with two people pushing at the headboard, and two at the footboard. Races will be held at City Hall Place.
"They will race it up to a halfway finish line of approximately 30 yards," explained Plattsburgh Rotary Club's president-elect Jon Cooper. "Cross that line, turn around and race it back."
The requirements of the bed are they must include a footboard, headboard, mattress, and at least four wheels of any size.
Teams may also choose to use one of the four beds offered by Rotary, instead of their own.
"The beds were built by a different organization," Cooper explained. "They did this as a project for Rotary, which was just outstanding."
Races will be held in heats, with the top finisher in each heat advancing to the finals.
During the finals, the teams will race their beds with the passenger wearing a nightgown provided by Rotary. At the midway point the person in bed must switch with another member of the team, and put on the night gown securely before continuing.
With the goal of having 64 teams sign up, cash prizes will be given out to the top three teams - $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. There will also be a special prize of $150 to the team who has the best themed bed.
"We are really encouraging people to theme," said Cooper.
The entry fee for the races is $50. There is an additional $25 for those who want to use a bed from Rotary, and a $25 deposit for teams who bring their own bed. The deposit will be returned as long as the team brings their bed back with them.
"We're just trying to prevent ... people leaving their beds behind," Cooper explained. "If that's the case, we're going to have to charge people in order to dispose of their used bed."
Proceeds from the races will benefit Rotary and the organizations they support.
"It's just about something different, something fun, something that if you participate, you'll be also be helping Rotary," said Cooper. "I think Rotary touches a lot of organizations throughout Plattsburgh."
Participants younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a Release of Liability Form. Registration forms and a complete list of rules can be found on the Rotary's Web site, at www.plattsburghrotary.org. Deadline to sign up for the races is Saturday, Sept. 3.
For more information, contact Cooper at 983-3311 or e-mail email@example.com.
This event is held in conjunction with the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration and the Roducky Derby.