By Janae Fear, staff writer
THE WINNING team consisted of Jacob Reyna, Kathy Rowell, Nicole Sweet, Shannon Smith, Alissa Lauback, Trevor Shephard with Gerry Smith serving as the chief engineer and builder. The team called itself the Bedlam Insane Asylum and was also awarded the Golden Spirit award for raising the most money for the Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition.
The Coalition meets the second Friday of every month at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Healthcare Mitchell Auditorium in Owosso and welcomes all to join their mission to reduce homelessness in Shiawassee County. Donations can be sent to Shiawassee Homeless Coalition, P.O. Box 428, Owosso, MI 48867.
The Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition sponsored the 2nd annual Bed Races with three teams entering. The mission of the Coalition is to address the causes and conditions of homelessness in Shiawassee County and includes twelve organizations such as Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, and Michigan Works!. From October 2013 to April 2014, it was calculated that there were 247 homeless households with almost half of the individuals listed as children under the age of 18.
All teams were tasked with creating a bed that met the specifications listed in the rules. Four runners were allowed to race but teams could have two alternates. The race started on Mason Street and then turned south onto Water Street to finish up in front of the Chamber.