Paws for a cause
By Alisen Hazeltine
Over the last 23 years, the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk has attracted participants from far and wide to take part in its festivities. One loyal volunteer, Kurt Langer of Charleston, S.C., has helped with the event for 15 years.
Kurt, originally from Silver Creek, has known the Hotelling family for over 60 years. He was a former student of Laurel Run/Walk co-founder Wayne Hotelling and became involved with the Laurel Run after learning about it a high school reunion.
Ever since, he has assisted the run by manning a water table and sprinkler for runners, walkers and dogs to cool off. However, upon Wayne’s request, Kurt will be participating in this year’s 5-kilometer walk.
On foot (or paw) alongside Kurt will be his adorable, 5-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Millie. To raise donations, Millie will be around all day to take pictures with event participants.
Millie will be sporting a jacket with signs stating, “Berners Love Laurel Run” and “I Walk for Laurel – Woof.” In the past, Kurt took his Golden Retriever, Ginger, to the Crop Walk for hunger and raised nearing $2,700 for the cause. Inspired by this turnout, Kurt decided to do something similar to support the Laurel Run/Walk. He’s hoping Millie can raise $5,000. (As of July 5, Kurt and Millie had raised $2,000.)
“The funny thing is that people will support dogs over people. It’s either that, or people just love dogs more than they love me,” Kurt said.
No matter the case, he is happy to be a part of this event and hopes to bring awareness and funding to this year’s Laurel Run/Walk
If you would like to donate, but are unable to make it to the event, a fundraising page has been posted online. To make a donation, visit www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/berners-support-laurel/christopherlanger.