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People who eat at Applebee’s on Wednesdays can help raise funds to support people with disabilities through the 26th Annual Laurel Memorial Run and Walk.

Throughout the day, the Applebee’s restaurants in Dunkirk and Lakewood will hold “Dinner to Donate” fundraisers to benefit the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk. Restaurants will allow customers to donate 10% of their check total — excluding taxes and tips — to Laurel Run. People must present a special voucher for the money to be donated to Laurel Run. The voucher can be found at www.laurel-run.com. You can receive a voucher by fax or email by calling 716-661-4735.

Please note that for Applebee fundraisers, people will not receive a discount on the cost of their meal. Instead, 10% 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 eldest daughter. The Laurel Memorial Run & Walk is a celebration of the potential that exists in people with disabilities. Laurel led a busy life, which included working at the Resource Center Dunkirk Work Center for over 30 years. Hundreds of Chautauqua County residents with disabilities are employed – and hundreds more are volunteering in the community – with support from the resource center.

The Laurel Memorial Run/Walk is July 15-16. Day one includes a relay race from Jamestown to Dunkirk, while day two includes a number of walk and run events in the Hotellings’ hometown of Silver Creek. Money raised from 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 website or call 716-661-4735.

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