Applebee’s to Hold Laurel Run Fund-raisers February 7

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The Resource Center

Though Laurel Hotelling died in November, area residents can help celebrate her birthday and donate money to the charitable event that bears her name.

On Wednesday, February 7, the Applebee’s restaurants in Dunkirk and Lakewood will hold Dining to Donate fund-raisers to benefit Laurel Run. From 11:00 a.m. to midnight, the restaurants will donate 10 percent of the price of people’s meals. Patrons must present a special voucher in order for the money to be donated to Laurel Run. A link to a printable version of the voucher can be found at www.laurel-run.com. You can have a voucher faxed or emailed to you by phoning 661-4735.

Please be aware that for the Applebee’s Dining to Donate fund-raisers, you will not receive a discount on the cost of your meal. Rather, 10 percent of what you pay for your meal will be donated to Laurel Run.

Laurel passed away Nov. 13. She would have turned 55 years old Feb. 7, so her parents thought it would be appropriate to hold the Applebee’s fund-raisers on Laurel’s birthday so that her friends, Laurel Run supporters and other well-wishers could celebrate Laurel’s life by supporting the cause that meant so much to her.

Wayne and Elaine Hotelling created Laurel Run in 1997 in honor of their oldest daughter. Laurel had Down syndrome., and Laurel Run is a celebration of the potential that exists within people who have disabilities. Laurel led a full life, which included having a job at The Resource Center’s Dunkirk Work Center for more than 30 years. Hundreds of Chautauqua County residents with disabilities have jobs – and hundreds of others volunteer in the community – with support from The Resource Center.

The 22nd annual Laurel Run takes place July 20 and 21. The first day features a Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run, while day two includes a number of walking and running events in the Hotellings’ hometown of Silver Creek. 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 and their families in Western New York. For more information, visit the Laurel Run web site or phone 661-4735.