We’d like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship of the 2017 Laurel Run! Without your kind contributions none of this would be possible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! For those already thinking about next year’s event it’s already being planned and will take place July 20-21 in 2018. See you then!

12th annual Laurel Run newspaper sale set for July 10

Posted by Chris Anderson - June 26, 2018 - Events, Fund-raiser, Newspaper Sales - No Comments

Breaking news! The 12th annual Laurel Run newspaper sale will take place Tuesday, July 10.

Once again, the Observer newspaper will publish a Laurel Memorial Run & Walk edition. From 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. on July 10, volunteers will sell the papers at various places in the Northern Chautauqua County area, including the downtown sections of Dunkirk, Fredonia and Silver Creek and the Tim Hortons drive-thru locations in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda, and Irving.

Each year, more than 2,000 papers typically are sold. The suggested donation is $1, but often people generously give more than that. Proceeds from the sales benefit Laurel Run. In the previous 11 years, we’ve netted more than $19,000 from the newspaper sales.

This year we are pleased to announce that we have secured the services of some celebrity newspaper sellers! Chautauqua County Executive George Borello and Silver Creek Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg will be selling papers in downtown Silver Creek. We’re hoping to find other elected officials and celebrities willing to spare some rime that morning to sell papers.

So please stop and buy a Laurel Run edition of the paper. Also, we invite local businesses to support Laurel Run by ordering some copies of the newspaper to have on hand for your employees and customers. We’ll deliver the papers to your door!

To sign up to volunteer or to order papers, phone Kayla Bohall at 661-1434.

The 22nd annual Laurel Memorial Run & Walk will be held July 14 and 15. The event was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek in honor of their oldest daughter, who had Down syndrome. Laurel Run is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities.

The first day of Laurel Run consists of a relay run from Jamestown to Dunkirk, with volunteers running the legs of the relay. The next day in Silver Creek, activities include an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs, and “Laurel’s Legacy Lap,” in which people with disabilities take a lap around the track surrounding the village ball field. There also will be a party in the village square featuring free food, music and activities for adults and children.

Money raised through the Laurel Memorial Run & Walk goes to Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities in Chautauqua County. Laurel Run proceeds are used to enhance employment and work training opportunities for people with disabilities.

For information about Laurel Run, phone the Hotellings at 934-3952 or visit www.laurel-run.com.

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