Ice Princess nominees introduced at Rotary’s Ice Ball |

Ice Princess nominees introduced at Rotary’s Ice Ball

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkAmber Reyna, left, Val Wolosyn and Stacey Kotz are three of this year's Ice Princess nominees who were on hand for the Ice Ball Saturday evening at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

SILVERTHORNE – Rotary Club members introduced this year’s Lake Dillon Ice Princess nominees at their inaugural Ice Ball Saturday night, where four of the six strutted their stuff to attract the attention of judges.

The Ice Ball is part of the Rotary’s 19th annual Ice Melt Contest. Each year, Rotarians place a metal drum – called “the device” – on the ice of Dillon Reservoir. As the season progresses and temperatures warm, the ice on the lake melts and the device falls in. A clock atop the device stops, and the person who guesses the closest to the time when the device fell in wins $2,000.

Last year, Jennifer Schoenfeld of Pickering, Ohio, guessed the closest time when the clock fell into the lake at 10:18 p.m. May 15. Rotarians note that this year, the reservoir is nearly full, unlike last year at this time when it was less than half full.

Ice Melt tickets are $2; proceeds go to the Rotary Club’s scholarship fund to help local students attend college. Tickets are available through any Rotary member. Sales end April 30. In a typical year, the Ice Melt contest raises $10,000 for the Rotary.

Three years ago, the Rotary Club added the Ice Princess competition to the event, and this year introduced the Ice Ball.

“It was a wonderful send-off,” said Brenda Cameron, the fundraising director for the Rotary Club. “I think it’ll grow into an annual look-forward-to event.”

Ice Princess nominations close March 19, at which point judges will narrow the field to six. Finalists will be selected based on community spirit and their willingness to actively pursue votes.

Those six will then solicit votes in the form of money from the public, utilizing the so-called Chicago method of voting: Vote early, vote often. The nominee who garners the most money will be coronated at a parade and barbecue in Dillon April 17, at which time the device will be placed on the ice of the reservoir.

So far, this year’s candidates include Kathy Lunceford of Silverthorne, teacher Kathy Hill, Val Wolosyn, Amber Reyna of the Diamond and Gem Exchange, Stacey Kotz and Summit Daily News reporter Jane Stebbins.

The theme at the Ice Ball Saturday night was the Titanic, and attendees were encouraged to dress in “funky formal” period costumes. Lori Price of Silverthorne garnered the loudest applause for her portrayal of Molly Brown, a Leadville woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Ice Princess candidates Reyna and Kotz were both adorned in fitted black evening gowns. Wolosyn wore a sparkling gown accented with a bright pink boa and equally bright pink hair, and Stebbins came as a Titanic lifeboat survivor draped in seaweed and brandishing an oar.

Last year’s Ice Princess was Tasha Sternath.

“I think it’s going to be the toughest contest yet,” Cameron said. “Amber’s got the young crowd going for her, and both of the Kathys have been in the county forever. I think it’s going to be a heated contest.”

Voting begins April 1 and ends April 12. Voters can cast votes at most local banks or with the candidates.

For more information on the Lake Dillon Ice Princess competition, the Ice Melt contest or the Rotary Club of Summit County, visit

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or

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