Food insecurity fundraiser bets on when fridge falls through frozen pond |

Food insecurity fundraiser bets on when fridge falls through frozen pond

A local nonprofit is betting a painted refrigerator wearing a duck inner tube is attention-grabbing enough to raise money and awareness for food insecurity in Grand County.

The Fraser River Valley Lions Club partnered with Mountain Family Center to host the “Drop Hunger” fundraiser, which involves putting a refrigerator on a frozen pond and guessing when it will fall through the ice.

Whoever is closest to the actual time the fridge falls, down to the minute, will win half of the pot, while the other half will go to Mountain Family Center’s food programs, such as the food pantry and totes program.

On Thursday, East Grand Fire, the Lions Club and representatives of Mountain Family Center gathered at the Lions Ponds in Fraser, next to Safeway, to move the fridge onto the pond.

A fire crew tied the fridge to a firetruck’s ladder using rope and lifted it over the pond before gently setting it on the ice.

East Grand Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth estimated the fridge is about 80 feet out from the road and sitting on a roughly foot-thick layer of ice.

The refrigerator was painted by Middle Park High School students in Echo Zoyiopoulos’ art class and touches on the town of Fraser’s “Leaving Planet Earth” motto.

Anyone interested in participating in the fundraiser can stop by the Mountain Family Center or at the Grand Foundation, as well as online, starting this week. The Lions Club will also have pop-up locations.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original version to reflect the fridge drop fundraiser is not considered gambling.

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