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Help select the 2015 Laurel Run logo

The Observer's community of readers is invited to help select the logo for the 2015 Laurel Run. From all of the designs that were received from students at six area high schools, 10 finalists were chosen. People are encouraged to vote for their favorite logo. The online voting results will be combined with the results of internal voting at The Resource Center to select this year's logo.

Voting will last until Wednesday, June 3rd at 4:30 p.m.

Laurel Run was started in 1997 by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek. The annual event is named in honor of their oldest daughter, Laurel, who has Down syndrome. Laurel Run seeks to raise awareness about people with disabilities, and the Hotellings have dedicated the event to Laurel and to all of her friends with disabilities who attend TRC's Work Center Program in Dunkirk. Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap, Inc., to fund disability awareness and prevention activities; proceeds also are used to enhance employment and work training opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Laurel Run is a two-day event. The annual Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run will take place Friday, July 17. The following morning, the action shifts to Silver Creek and features an 8-kilometer running race, a 5k walk, a 1k fun walk, children's runs, "Laurel's Lap" (for anyone with a disability), and a post-race party.

For more information about Laurel Run, visit or phone 661-4735.

Scroll down to vote for one of the logos below...

Logo 1
Elizabeth Bendice, Chautauqua Lake

Logo 2

Megan Charrette, Sherman

Logo 3

Jessica DeGolier, Silver Creek

Logo 4

Sarah Godfrey, Chautauqua Lake

Logo 5
Elizabeth Mazzone, Jamestown

Logo 6

Christopher Pasquale, Fredonia

Logo 7

Dariann Russo, Silver Creek

Logo 8

William Shevlin, Silver Creek

Logo 9
Julia Szoszorek, Forestville

Logo 10

  Kaitlynn Thompson, Forestville

Which of these logos would you like to vote for?