PLATTSBURGH — Land on Geoffrey's Pub, and depending on the number of properties there, you might owe the banker a bucket of loot.The Peabody's square isn't any safer, and Mayor Donald Kasprzak has a spot on the board, too.It's Plattsburghopoly, and the collector's item is coming to the area soon."It's Monopoly with a Plattsburgh twist," said Stephanie Ruiz, a senior at Plattsburgh State and fundraising project manager for the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life.The Center is enlisting sponsors to help fund 350 Plattsburghopoly games, which will, in turn, be sold locally. Money from the sales will be used for the Greek community's fundraising and community-service efforts, among them leadership activities, a basketball program for aspiring local athletes, philanthropy grants and donations to the local library.The Center attempted the project a few years ago but it halted with the Greek Council.But this time it's happening."It's being advertised as a collector's item," Ruiz said.A square on the board and the corresponding deed can be purchased for $240, while a patron spot costs $50."We have about 16 businesses and organizations on board so far," Ruiz said.Those include Key Bank, Peabody's, Geoffrey's Pub, CVPH Medical Center, Corner Stone Bookstore, Under One Roof Video, Plattsburgh Fire Department and Rulfs Orchard. Once the game boards are created, businesses that purchased spots will have them available, though Plattsburghopoly can be reserved for $25 by calling 564-4825."I think this is a really clever way to advertise your business and organization," Ruiz said. "It unites the college and community."The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life needs to raise between $9,000 and $10,000 to have the boards made. Ruiz said they are about halfway to that goal."Sponsorships cover the costs of creating the boards, and then the sales go toward fundraising efforts, with a percentage of the sales going toward charity," Ruiz said.The charity has not been selected yet, but besides the above mentioned community-service projects, Ruiz said money raised by her organization also helps students participate in alternative spring break, which has students volunteering instead of vacationing in exotic locales as do many students.Recently, students spent time in West Virginia working with the community, while Ruiz went to Nicaragua, volunteering in centers for women and disabled and abandoned children.The trip would have cost $2,000 each, but money the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life raised decreased the total to $500.Ruiz is hopeful the Center will successfully raise money to have the Plattsburghopoly game boards created."We still have opportunities for people to get on board."
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