Filling the Gap sponsoring contest to design 2013 Laurel Run logo

Special to the OBSERVER

Area high school students can put their artistic talents to use by participating in the 2013 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 persons 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 programs in Dunkirk. Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap Inc. to fund disability awareness and prevention activities; proceeds also are used to provide employment and work training opportunities for adults with disabilities.

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.

Designs must be received by April 22. Internal voting at The Resource Center and Filling the Gap will identify the finalists. Again this year, the OBSERVER will allow the public to vote for the winner through the newspaper’s web site.

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

Designs should be submitted to: Laurel Run Logo Contest, c/o Filling the Gap, 92 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown 14701. Designs also may be submitted electronically to

All entries become the property of Filling the Gap.

The 17th annual Laurel Run will be held July 19-20. The traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run will take place July 19.

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 post-race party.

In the afternoon there will be a motorcycle dice run that begins and ends in the Silver Creek Village Square.

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