Annual Laurel Run sneaker sale under way
For the sixth straight year, area Kwik Fill/Red Apple Food Mart locations will be selling paper sneakers to benefit Laurel Run.
A total of 46 stations in Chautauqua and Erie counties in New York, and in Warren Countyt, PA), are participating in the promotion. For a donation of $1 or more, people may write their name on a sneaker and have it displayed on the wall or window at the station. The promotion runs through July 31.
Last year’s sneaker sales raised almost $7,800. All the money raised at Kwik Fill locations in Chautauqua County goes to TRC Foundation to support The Resource Center. Those funds will be used to support disability awareness and prevention efforts, and to enhance employment and work training opportunities for adults with disabilities at TRC’s Work Centers.
Money raised in Erie and Warren counties will be split 50/50 between TRC Foundation and an organization that supports people with disabilities in each of those communities. Money raised in Erie County will be shared with The Heritage Centers, while funds raised in Warren County will be shared with Bollinger Enterprises.
Laurel Run was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling in honor of their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome. Laurel Run seeks to raise public awareness about disabilities while providing an opportunity for people with disabling conditions to come together with their non-disabled peers in a fun, community-wide atmosphere.
This year’s Laurel Run takes place July 18 and 19. The first day consists of the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk flag relay, which features students and adults from schools throughout Chautauqua County running legs of the relay. The following day in Silver Creek, featured activities include an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs, and “Laurel’s Lap,” in which anyone with a disability is invited to take a lap around the track surrounding the village ball field.
For more information about Laurel Run, call (716) 483-2344.