Laurel Run Logo Contest Under Way

This winning design from 2015 was created by Elizabeth Mazzone of Jamestown High School.
This winning design from 2015 was created by Elizabeth Mazzone of Jamestown High School.

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The Resource Center

Area high school students can put their artistic talents to use by participating in the 2017 Laurel Run logo contest. The person who designs the winning entry will receive a $100 gift card to a store of his or her choosing.

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 and appreciation about the achievements of people with disabilities, and the Hotellings have dedicated Laurel Run to Laurel and to all of her friends with disabilities who attend The Resource Center’s Work Center program in Dunkirk. Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities and their families in Chautauqua County.

The Laurel Run logo contest is open to high school students in Chautauqua County. Design entries should not be too intricate, as the winning design must reproduce well on a T-shirt. Artists can use as many colors as they want in their design but should keep in mind that the design used on the shirts probably will feature only one or two colors. Artists also are encouraged to submit original designs, rather than using artwork they find on the Internet or through other sources.

The person creating the winning design will receive a $100 gift card and a T-shirt featuring the winning design.

Designs must be received by Monday, April 24. Internal voting at The Resource Center and Filling the Gap will identify the finalists. Again this year, the Observer will allow the public to cast votes for the winner through the newspaper’s web site.

Designs should be submitted to: Laurel Run Logo Contest, c/o Filling the Gap, 92 Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701. Designs also may be submitted electronically to All entries become the property of Filling the Gap.

The 21st annual Laurel Run will take place July 14 and 15. The traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay 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, children’s runs, “Laurel’s Lap” (for anyone with a disability), and a party in the village square.

For more information about the logo contest, phone 661-4735. For information about Laurel Run, visit