Family promise bed race puts the FUN in fundraisers

Big Bed Wolf Team in 2021 Bed Race

The mission of Family Promise of Martin County is a serious one. The non-profit, interfaith hospitality network provides temporary assistance, hospitality and case management to families with children who are experiencing homelessness, which currently affects an increasing number of residents in the county.

But that doesn’t mean that the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser isn’t a roll-in-the-aisles riot.

The third annual Family Promise of Martin County Bed Races is set for Saturday, October 22 at First United Methodist Church of Stuart, located at 1500 South Kanner Highway, Stuart.

The day kicks off with registration from 9-10 a.m., bed judging from 10-10:30 a.m., a fun-filled parade of beds from 10:30-10:45 a.m., race heats starting at 11 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

Five-person teams will race against each other in home-made beds, barreling down the paved roads at First United Methodist. Each winning team will go on to the next heat, until one eventual winning bed is victorious. Participants must be 12 years or older.

There will be fun activities for the kiddos: bounce houses, food truck, pumpkin patch, as well as a silent auction for the adults

Awards for:

  • Fastest Bed (overall and by category)
  • Best Overall Theme
  • Best Construction and Design
  • People’s Choice
  • Highest Fundraising Merit Award

Have fun and get creative: build your own entry from top to bottom. Easy-to-follow directions and specs are included in the registration packet.

Team entry fee is $150, which includes an event t-shirt for each person on the team.  Additionally, it is suggested that each team member raise $150 to benefit Family Promise of Martin County.

Entry deadline is Friday, October 7 and space is limited.

Sponsorships are available at $500, $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 levels.

More than 600 school age children in Martin County are registered as homeless or in unstable housing, such as couch surfing or staying with a family member temporarily. Guests of Family Promise of Martin County arrive after living in a car or recently evicted from their homes.

Proceeds from the Bed Race Fundraiser are used to help provide shelter and housing for children and their families in the community and also enables the nonprofit to provide counseling and education for parents to gain skills necessary to create long-term stability for their families. Additionally, funding helps supplement rent payment, or provides first/last/security fees as our guests move into housing of their own.

Family Promise is a national organization and the only shelter in Martin County that keeps families together. Dollars raised in Martin County stay in Martin County.  For more information, visit



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