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!

Pizza Hut to hold Laurel Run fund-raisers February 6

Posted by Chris Anderson - January 20, 2017 - Events - No Comments

Laurel Hotelling’s birthday is the traditional start to the Laurel Run planning season. Laurel turns 54 years old the first week in February, and everyone can help celebrate the occasion by dining at Pizza Hut on Monday, February 6.

That day, the Pizza Hut restaurants at 3962 Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk and 995 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown will raise money in honor of Laurel. The restaurants will donate 20 percent of the cost of your meal to Laurel Run, a charity event created by Laurel’s parents, Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek. The fund-raiser at the Dunkirk Pizza Hut will run all day (11:00 to 11:00), while at the Jamestown restaurant the fund-raiser will be in effect from 4:00 to 8:00. The Dunkirk Pizza Hut has raised thousands of dollars for Laurel Run over the years, while this is the first time that the Jamestown Pizza Hut has participated in the fund-raiser.

Please be aware that for the Pizza Hut fund-raiser, you will not receive a discount on the cost of your meal. Instead, 20 percent of what you pay for your meal will be donated to Laurel Run.

To have Pizza Hut donate 20 percent of your order to Laurel Run, you must fill out a special form and give it to your server. Click here for the Dunkirk form, or click here for the Jamestown form. Pizza Hut likely will have extra forms on hand, so if you forget to bring the form with you, notify your server that you are there to support Laurel Run. The fund-raising promotion also applies to carryout orders, so if you order by phone or online, tell your server you are supporting Laurel Run when you arrive to pick up your order.

The 21st annual Laurel Run takes place July 14 and 15.  Laurel Run celebrates 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. She has worked at The Resource Center for more than 30 years, and Laurel Run seeks to raise public awareness about the potential that exists within Laurel and everyone else who has a disability.

The first day of Laurel Run consists of a Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run featuring representatives from area school districts and employees of the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility.  In addition to the relay run, in recent years some hearty souls have undertaken the Laurel-thon, jogging the entire 30 miles from Jamestown to Dunkirk.

The following day in Silver Creek there will be running and walking events for adults and children, plus a party in the village square.  The highlight of the day is Laurel’s Lap, in which people with disabilities take a lap around the track surrounding the ball field in downtown Silver Creek.

Money raised through Laurel Run is directed to Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities in Chautauqua County.

For more information on the Pizza Hut event, phone the Dunkirk restaurant at 672-4044 or the Jamestown restaurant at 484-8800.  If you have questions about Laurel Run or would like to become involved in this year’s event, phone The Resource Center at 661-4735 or call the Hotellings at 934-3952.

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