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!

2015 Newspaper Sales

What a day!

The ninth annual Laurel Run newspaper sale was a tremendous success. Despite a light rain that fell for much of the morning, we managed to sell a record 1,925 copies of the Laurel Run edition of the Observer newspaper. And thanks to the generosity of the local community, that resulted in a $2,150 contribution to Laurel Run.

Again this year, Publisher John D’Agostino and his staff put together a special edition of the paper, focusing on Laurel Run. Volunteers arose early Wednesday morning and fanned out across a broad section of the Northern Chautauqua County area to sell the papers.

LR_Newspapers_Fields_webWe are extremely grateful to the Observer for once again partnering with us to publish the special edition. With the proceeds from this year’s sale, we have raised more than $13,000 in the nine years we’ve been selling the special edition.

We also extend our gratitude to those communities and businesses that allowed us to sell newspapers: the Village of Fredonia; the City of Dunkirk; the Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shops in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda, and Irving; Cave’s Market in Forestville; WalMart in Fredonia; and Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk.

LR_Newspapers_Brooks_webOf course, we couldn’t sell papers without a core of dedicated volunteers, several of whom have been selling papers for each of the nine years. We particularly want to single out Greg Krauza and his crew (featuring members of the Fredonia High School boys basketball team), who raised almost $500 selling papers in downtown Fredonia. All of our volunteers were awesome! It takes commitment to wake up early and sell papers for several hours before going to work, and the successful day we had shows that it was worth the effort.

Lastly, we want to thank the thousands of people who bought papers or made a donation. The newspapers were $1 each, but many people threw in a few dollars more, or paid with a $5, $10 or $20 bill and told us to keep the change. Their generosity was humbling and made us feel even better about being out there selling papers.

The Observer still has some copies of the Laurel Run edition available. If you’d like to purchase a copy, phone the Observer’s offices at (716) 366-3000.

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