We’d like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship of the 2016 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 14-15 in 2017. See you then!

Laurel Run newspaper sale set for July 6

Posted by Chris Anderson - June 25, 2016 - Newspaper Sales - No Comments

While 2016 marks the 20th annual Laurel Run, another milestone will be reached as well – for the 10th straight year, the Observer newspaper will publish a special Laurel Run edition.

On Wednesday, July 6, the special edition will be printed,  Around daybreak, volunteers will set out to 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 nine years, we’ve netted more than $15,000 from, the newspaper sales.

We’re looking for volunteers who are available to help sell newspapers anytime between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m.  You can pick your time slot and your location.  Selling papers is fun, and you get to meet a lot of interesting people!  Volunteers will receive a 2016 Laurel Run T-shirt.

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 them to your door! 

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

The 20th annual Laurel Run will be held July 15 and 16.  The event was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek in honor of their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome.  Laurel Run celebrates the achievements of individuals 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 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 Laurel Run 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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