THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL PRESENTS SECOND ANNUAL ‘DOWNTOWN DERBY BED RACE’ ON MAY 6, 2017

Team registration is now open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 9, 2017) – The second annual “Downtown Derby Bed Race” will take place on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 9 a.m. in downtown Nashville. Presented by the T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Council, the event netted over $70,000 last year for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Participating teams check-in is at 8 a.m.

The “Downtown Derby Bed Race” is a competition in which teams build and decorate their own beds to race up 5th Avenue to Bridgestone Plaza all in support of cancer research. Teams that raise the most money can earn “head starts” on race day. Exciting prizes will be awarded to the winning team at a post-race ceremony at Bridgestone Plaza. Additional awards will be presented for “Best Decorated” and “Best in Spirit.” The “Shining Star” award will be presented to the individual who raises the most money through online fundraising.
“The T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Council introduced this exciting event last year and succeeded in raising awareness and funds for innovative and crucial medical research,” said John Huie, T.J. Martell Foundation Board President. “We are excited to watch the Downtown Derby Bed Race grow into a Nashville tradition.”
“Anyone who participated in last year’s event will tell you that it was a phenomenally fun time, and the teams brought enthusiasm well beyond everyone’s expectations,” said Young Professionals Council co-chair, Justin Cahill. “After such a wildly successful inaugural event, the T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals are excited to come back bigger and better in 2017.”
Team registration is now open here. For more information or to make a donation, visitwww.bedracenashville.com.
2017 sponsors include Dunkin Donuts, Huskins-Harris Business Management, Outback Concerts, Sarah Beth and Grace Ann Perry and Holly and Chuck Hawkins.  
About the T.J. Martell Foundation:
The T.J. Martell Foundation is a national organization founded by the music industry, whose mission is to fund innovative leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at flagship hospitals in the United States including the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. To learn more about the T.J. Martell Foundation please visit www.tjmartell.org.
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