Maple Grove Rotarians Make Beds to Raise Money for CROSS
At a young age, kids are taught to play with building blocks. When some of those kids become grown men, they evolve to using power tools and piles of wood.
Putting things together is an annual tradition for the Maple Grove Rotary, as they prepare for the 12th annual Bed Races, one of the main events of Maple Grove Days.
“As a guy, it’s fun to put things together,” said Tom Anderson, organizer of the Bed Races.
For the past 12 years, the city closes off Main Street and teams race each other in makeshift beds on wheels.
“It’s just a really fun night at the end of Maple Grove Days,” Anderson said.
Bed Races Support CROSS
All of the registration fees for the event support the Rogers nonprofit CROSS.
In the fall, the rotary members will put together real beds that will go to children in need.
“And hopefully a kid gets some good night’s sleep from it,” said Anderson.
But for now, they’re focusing on the task at hand. Much like furniture purchased at IKEA, there’s some assembly required.
“So we enjoy that,” Anderson said. “And we enjoy the camaraderie and bad jokes.”
The Bed Races take place Saturday, July 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.