PLATTSBURGH - The temperatures have been dipping below freezing and that means it's time for the Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club's annual K-Melt.
The event is an important fundraiser for Kiwanians, said club president Tim Kramer, which involves members placing a large, steel "K" on the frozen pond at CVPH Medical Center. The club sells tickets at $5 a piece and people write down the day, hour, minute and second they think the K will fall through.
"It's something the club has done for a long time," said club president Tim Kramer. "We partner with the Foundation of CVPH to award $1,000 to the contestant who guesses the time closest to when the K falls through the ice."
The club then donates $1,000 to the foundation's fund for those who need to travel to hospitals other than CVPH for services. The remainder of the money is used by the club for its various community service projects.
"Our main focus is the community, helping children and senior citizens or if somebody suffers a natural disaster and needs something - whatever it is. We try to help people," said member Wolf Mattes.
"One hundred percent of the money that is donated goes to charity," said member Frank Sklenarik. "We don't use any of it on ourselves."
The most frequently asked question by people purchasing guesses for $5 each is "When did it fall through last year," said Kramer.
"Typically, it falls through the last week of March or the first week of April," he said. "Last year, however, it went through earlier. I believe it went through the second week of March, which is unusual."
Chances are sold at the Foundation of CVPH office on the CVPH campus, and outside the hospital cafeteria during Friday lunch hours until mid-March. Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club members also have chances available for sale.