Silver Creek student wins Laurel Run logo contest
Kennedy Parks, a senior at Silver Creek High School, was the winner of the competition to design the logo for the 2018 Laurel Memorial Run and Walk.
Each year, the Laurel Run Planning Committee holds a contest among area high school students to design the Laurel Run logo. This year, more than 70 designs were submitted. Internal voting at The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, Inc., determined the finalists, and those designs were then featured on the Observer’s web site so people could vote online for their favorite.
Ms. Parks’ design, which incorporated a silhouette of event namesake Laurel Hotelling on her three-wheel cycle, along with angel wings and a halo, really resonated with a lot of people. Her design will appear on this year’s Laurel Run T-shirts and other promotional materials. For winning the competition, Ms. Parks will receive a $100 gift card to a store of her choice.
The 22nd annual Laurel Memorial Run and Walk begins Friday, July 20, with the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run, which features representatives from area schools running the different legs of the relay. The event begins at about 8:30 at The Resource Center’s facility at 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown and ends at Washington Park in Dunkirk, where the city will host a victory celebration from 12:30 to 2:00.
The following morning in Silver Creek, there will be an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs and Laurel’s Legacy Lap, in which anyone with a disability is invited to talk a lap around the track at the ballfield downtown.
Laurel Run was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling in honor of their oldest daughter, who had Down syndrome. The event is designed to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap, which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Chautauqua County. This will be the first year without Laurel, who passed away in November at the age of 54.
For more information or to sign up to participate in Laurel Run, phone 934-3952 or 661-4735, or visit www.laurel-run.com.