Wednesday, February 2, 2011

6th Annual PJ Day and Race for Homeless

The sixth annual PJ Day, whose goal is to raise $1 million for Denver's Road Home, the city's 10-year plan to end homelessness, was launched last Friday when Gov. John Hickenlooper presided at a ceremonial passing of the PJs in Skyline Park. Every year, Hickenlooper has shown up at PJ Day activities in a pair of red pajamas that his mother had made for him; at the kickoff, he gave a copy of the sleepwear to Mayor Bill Vidal.

On Wednesday, February 9th, at 1pm Metro State's Center for Urban Connections presents the Race to End Homelessness, a team bed race event, on the Auraria campus. Enter your team and win great prizes such as hotel stays at the Residence Inn Denver, Omni Interlocken Resort, Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel; tickets to local events; and gift certificates to local restaurants. All you need is five people and some creativity on your team theme.

Teams consist of 4 pusher/runners and 1 rider, who navigate a rolling bed down the driveway by the Auraria athletic fields. At the end of the course, the rider must dismount the bed, put on pajamas (over clothes), button them fully, and get back on the bed, which is then pushed back to the original start line. Participants are highly encouraged to dress creatively. We had a gaggle of nuns and a pile of bedbugs compete last year! The Bed Race is an awareness and fundraising event for Denver's Road Home and the mayor's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Team registration costs $50.

The following day will find supporters gathering at the Residence Inn Denver City Center for the PJ Day Party, a dress-in-pajamas fete with comfort food and musical entertainment. Things wrap up Feb. 11 with the INAUGURAL PJ Crawl, a party that progresses from pub to pub in the downtown area.

For more information contact The Center for Urban Connections at 303-352-7129, or go To Register your team.

The Denver Posts article on PJ day festivities:
Davidson: The passing of the PJs - The Denver Post
By Joanne Davidson

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