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If you can't meet them, buy them

Sometimes, it's hard to meet someone special in the mountains. You traipse from bar to bar, gym to mountain to trail, hoping to facilitate that chance encounter with the man of your dreams, only to be thwarted again and again. You're tired of the chase, and Ice Melt Prince candidate Matt Miano wants you to know that there's an easier way.

Buy your guy.

On Monday at Johnny G's in Frisco, Miano is emceeing a bachelor auction as a fundraiser for his candidacy in the annual Summit County Rotary Dillon Ice Melt Prince/Princess contest. The Rotary selected Miano as the only princely candidate in a field of women.

"I'm not only excited to be nominated, but I look forward to raising a lot of money for the Rotary and have fun doing it," Miano said. "Not too many men have ever had this opportunity, so hosting a bachelor auction seemed like a fun way to promote it. And I hope more men are involved in the future."

Miano will be competing against Barb Calvin, Brooke Roberts, Karn Stiegelmeier, Nancy Stone and Brandi Thompson for the throne. Participants "vote" for their favorite candidate by donating money to the prince's or princess' campaign. Whoever raises the most money for the Rotary wins the crown, so Miano has gathered local eligible bachelors ranging from radio DJs to ski patrollers to help him seal the deal. Miano himself is happily married, so he will be steering clear of the auction block.

"I work closely with the Rotary to support the barbeque, so when I was asked, it seemed like a positive opportunity to help out," said Miano, whose day job is managing events for the town of Dillon. "And I know the Rotary does so much good work in our community."

The starting bid for each bachelor is $20, which includes some sort of fun night out. These "dates" range from dinner or a theater show to concert tickets.

Raffle prizes include lift tickets to Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas, tubing tickets for the Frisco Adventure Park, concert tickets to Elephant Revival at Warren Station in Keystone, theater tickets from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company and tickets to a variety of events at the Barkley Ballroom in Frisco. Christy Sports has donated a pair of K2 skis, and you can even score a pair of tickets to the Telluride Jazz Festival.

All of the money raised at the event will be put toward Miano's "campaign," meaning it goes straight to programs funded by Summit County Rotary, including the community dinner, scholarships for local youth and more.

To learn more about the Dillon Ice Melt Prince/Princess competition, visit www.summitrotaryevents.com/

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