Kwik Fill raising money for Laurel Memorial Run/Walk

Area residents can show their support for people with disabilities by buying a special card at Kwik Fill.

Event co-founders Elaine and Wayne Hotelling buy some “I proudly support the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk” cards at the Kwik Fill on Routes 5 and 20 in Irving. Looking on is Stacy Blakemore, Store Manager

Through July 18, United Refining Company’s Kwik Fill and Red Apple Food Mart locations will be selling paper cards to raise money for the 25th annual Laurel Memorial Run and Walk.  This is the 18th year that Laurel Run/Walk organizers have partnered with United Refining.

The cards will be sold at participating locations in Chautauqua and Erie counties in New York, and in Warren County, PA.  Customers who buy a card can write their name on it and have it displayed in the store.  The suggested contribution is $1, but donations of any amount are appreciated.  Donation containers also will be set up in some locations, and people can put money in the containers if they’d prefer not to write their name on a card.

All of the money raised in Chautauqua County will go to Filling the Gap, which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.  Money raised in Erie and Warren counties will be split with organizations that support people with disabilities in each of those counties.  In Erie County, proceeds from the sneaker sales will be split with The Arc of Erie County; in Warren County, money will be split with the Barber National Institute’s Bollinger Campus

The Laurel Memorial Run/Walk was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek, NY, in honor of their oldest daughter, who had Down syndrome.  The event seeks to raise public awareness about individuals with disabilities while providing an opportunity for people with disabling conditions, and those without, to come together at a fun, family-friendly event.

Proceeds from the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk are used to enhance employment and work training opportunities for people with disabilities.

This year’s Laurel Memorial Run/Walk takes place July 16 and 17.  The first day consists of a relay run and a 30-mile endurance run from Jamestown to Dunkirk.  The following day in Silver Creek there will be an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs, and “Laurel’s Legacy Lap,” in which people with disabilities take a lap around the track at the village ball field.

For more information about the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk, phone (716) 661-4735 or visit

This is a copy of the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk support card being sold at Kwik Fill/Red Apple

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