Pizza Hut “Fun”draiser generates $220 for Laurel Run
Getting ready to enjoy a pizza lunch are, from left, Wayne Hotelling, Laurel Hotelling, Elaine Hotelling, and Tom Proper. All are members of this year’s Laurel Run Planning Committee, and the committee scheduled a lunch meeting for the day of the Pizza Hut fund-raiser in order to support the cause. Tom works with Laurel at The Resource Center’s Dunkirk Work Center, and he is the two-time defending champion in his age group in the 5-kilometer walk at Laurel Run.
Area residents showed their support for Laurel Hotelling and others with disabilities, turning out to raise money for Laurel Run by dining at Pizza Hut.
Laurel turned 48 years old on February 7, and for the third straight year the Pizza Hut on Route 60 in Fredonia held one of its “Fun”draisers to generate money for the event that bears her name. All day long February 7, Pizza Hut donated 20 percent of the cost of meals purchased by people who went there to support Laurel Run. At the end of the day, the net proceeds totaled $220.32, with the money going to TRC Foundation.
Laurel’s parents, Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek, created Laurel Run to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities like Laurel, who has Down syndrome. Laurel has a job at The Resource Center’s Mary Andrews Center on East Chestnut Street in Dunkirk, and Laurel Run seeks to raise public awareness about the potential existing within everyone who has a disability.
The 15th annual Laurel Run will be held July 15-16. The first day will consist of a relay run from Jamestown to Dunkirk, with students and faculty from area schools running the different legs of the relay. The following morning in Silver Creek, there will be an 8-kilometer run, a 5k 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 ball field in downtown Silver Creek. In the afternoon there will be a motorcycle dice run.
Laurel Run is an event that is dear in the hearts of people with disabilities, and it provides an opportunity for individuals with disabling conditions to come together with their non-disabled peers for a fun, community activity.
Money raised through Laurel Run is directed to TRC Foundation to support disability awareness and prevention efforts in Chautauqua County. Laurel Run proceeds also are used to enhance employment and work training opportunities for adults with disabilities so that they can find a job and know the satisfaction that comes from earning real wages for performing meaningful work.
If you missed the “Fun”draiser, you’ll get another chance to participate – Pizza Hut plans to do another one in July.
For more information about becoming involved in this year’s Laurel Run, phone TRC at 661-4735 or call the Hotellings at 934-3952.