2017 Laurel Run dedicated to four who have passed away
Ginger DeStevens (center, in wheelchair) leads the way at the start of last year’s Laurel’s Lap.
By Mark Stevens
Because Laurel Run has been around for a long time, it’s a sad reality that just about every year, organizers grieve the deaths of people who have had a connection with the event during the past 20 years. This year, Laurel Run is being dedicated in memory of four Laurel Run veterans who passed away in 2017.
Virginia “Ginger” DeStevens was a self-advocate who received supports from The Resource Center for many years. Like Laurel, Ginger had a job at The Resource Center’s Work Center. She enjoyed being center stage at Laurel Run. She often could be found at the front of the pack at the start of Laurel’s Lap, and she relished the role of helping to hand out medals during the awards ceremony.
Ginger’s companion, Jack Lang, also received supports from The Resource Center and had a job through TRC. Jack and Ginger would ride a TRC bus from Jamestown to Silver Creek each year for Laurel Run. Though he preferred staying in the background, Jack enjoyed being involved with Laurel Run.
Anthony “Tony” Prinzi retired in 2015 as The Resource Center’s assistant executive director for labor management. In earlier years Tony participated in the 5K walk at Laurel Run, and more recently he had volunteered at the registration and check-in table, giving Laurel Run shirts and goody bags to pre-registered runners and walker. Laurel Run volunteers fondly remember Tony shouting out, “I need a shirt!” when checking in Laurel Run participants.
Kay Nary retired from The Resource Center in 2006 after a 35-year career at The Resource Center, but she continued to volunteer at TRC until health problems forced her to stop last year. Kay knew Wayne Hotelling for more than 70 years, the two of them having been kindergarten classmates. Kay traveled across the state in 1997 to accompany Wayne as he concluded the inaugural Laurel Run.
If you are a family member or friend of Ginger, Jack, Kay, or Tony, Laurel Run organizers hope you’ll take part in this year’s Laurel Run. Click here if you would like to make a donation to Laurel Run in memory of Ginger, Jack, Kay, or Tony.