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Dining event benefits Laurel Run

People who eat at Applebee’s on Wednesday can help raise money to support individuals with disabilities through the 26th annual Laurel Memorial Run & Walk.

All day long, the Applebee’s restaurants in Dunkirk and Lakewood will hold “Dining to Donate” fund-raisers to benefit the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk. The restaurants will allow patrons to have 10 percent of their check total – excluding tax and tip – donated to Laurel Run. People must present a special voucher in order for the money to be donated to Laurel Run. The voucher can be found at www.laurel-run.com. You can have a voucher faxed or emailed to you by phoning 716-661-4735.

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

Wayne and Elaine Hotelling created Laurel Run in 1997 in honor of their oldest daughter. The Laurel Memorial Run & Walk 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 Laurel Memorial Run/Walk takes place July 15 and 16. 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 716-661-4735.

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