Mayor issues Laurel Run Proclamation

The Laurel Run was established in 1997 by Chautauqua County couple, Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek, in honor of their oldest daughter, Laurel, who was born with special needs, and for other persons with disabilities who are served by The Resource Center; this year marks the 23rd anniversary of the first event.

“Laurel lived a full and productive life, thanks to the support she received from her family, her community and The Resource Center,” Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas stated. “She radiated love, was known for her contagious smile, kind spirit and positive attitude while working at The Resource Center in Dunkirk for over 3O years. She proved that a happy and productive life is possible regardless of intellectual or physical impairments.”

“The residents and business owners of Chautauqua County have supported The Resource Center and individuals with disabilities by welcoming them into the community and providing employment for disabled persons,” Rosas added.

The mayor went on to proclaim Friday and Saturday as “Laurel Memorial Run and Walk Weekend” in the community and is urging all citizens to “become more enlightened about individuals with disabilities and to come together to demonstrate its support for people with disabilities and The Resource Center’s ongoing efforts to reduce the occurrence of disabilities in Chautauqua County.”