Help select the 2017 Laurel Run logo

The Observerís community of readers is invited to help select the logo for the 2017 Laurel Run.

Again this year, the Laurel Run planning committee held a contest seeking designs from area high school students. From all of the designs that were submitted, designs from students at five schools (Forestville, Fredonia, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southwestern) were chosen as finalists. Those eight designs are now posted on the Observerís web site, and people are encouraged to go online and 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 yearís logo.

Voting will last until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8th. The winning design will appear on this yearís Laurel Run T-shirts and other promotional materials. The winning artist will receive a $100 gift card to a store of his or her choice.

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 TRCís Work Center Program in Dunkirk. Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Western New York.

Laurel Run is a two-day event. The annual Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run and the 30-mile Laurel-thon endurance run will take place Friday, July 14. The following morning, the action shifts to Silver Creek and features an 8-kilometer running race, a 5k walk, a 1k fun walk, childrenís runs, ďLaurelís LapĒ (for anyone with a disability), and a post-race party.

For more information about Laurel Run, visit or phone 716-661-4735.

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