Longtime local wins makeover
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Andrea Godfrey remembers the exact moment she picked up the phone and heard the voice on the other end tell her she’d won something for the first time in her life.
“I almost dropped the phone on the floor. I didn’t think I had a chance of winning,” Godfrey said. “I had laryngitis, so he was trying to talk to me, and I’m squawking back at him.”
What the KSMT disc jockey was trying to tell Andrea was that she had won the radio station’s Cinder(f)ella makeover, worth approximately $14,000.
“I wanted this so badly,” said a very giddy Godfrey. “I was in shock for the longest time, and I kept thinking, ‘Is this really happening to me?'”
Since she was selected about two weeks ago, Godfrey has undergone thousands of dollars worth of dental work, received a new haircut and clothes, and is still looking forward to sessions with a personal trainer and many other extravagant pamperings.
“These are things I could have never done for myself,” Godfrey said.
Godfrey’s new image will be unveiled tonight at the Team Summit Ski Ball, which starts at 5 p.m. at the Keystone Conference Center.
Godfrey, 53, a 30-year veteran of Summit County, has spent her time living just outside Silverthorne, where she moved with her family in 1973.
One of her fondest childhood memories in Summit County is learning how to ski on metal skis at Arapahoe Basin from an industry pioneer.
“Max Dercum (founder of Keystone) gave me a few of my first lessons,” Godfrey recalled. “He was a very patient teacher. I think he was one of those people who remembered what it was like to learn.”
Growing up, Andrea was an avid ice skater and even participated in traveling ice shows for a couple of years.
Most recently, she taught ice skating in Breckenridge and ran a small cleaning business.
Godfrey has never married, but lives with her mother and has always had social outlets through her various activities.
But, recently, life has led Godfrey down a rough road.
She felt her self-confidence slip away following an ice skating accident two years ago that left her with a fractured hip and torn knee cartilage. She has had several surgeries, but can no longer ski or skate, which has removed her from her previous social circles.
Moreover, she has put off expensive dental work for years, and consequently, has become too self-conscious to smile.
“The part (of the contest) that moves me the most is the dental work,” Godfrey said. “I never thought I’d be excited to go to the dentist.”
A few aspects of the makeover are ongoing and will continue into the new year, but Godfrey has already completed a major part of her transformation.
The Cosmetic Center for Dentistry, which is providing all the dental work, has fixed several cracked and broken teeth and installed one new crown and six veneers.
Dr. Gilligan has also replaced some of Godfrey’s old mercury fillings and bleached her teeth.
Godfrey said little by little, all these procedures are boosting her self-image.
“The more I’m smiling, the more compliments I get, especially from people who saw me before,” Godfrey said.
She has also sat through nine botox injections in her forehead and around her eyes, which are designed to alleviate wrinkles, courtesy of First Impressions Salon.
Already, she said she’s noticed a difference.
“It’s amazing what you can do without plastic surgery. It doesn’t make you 20 (years old) again, but right away it makes you look better.”
Godfrey selected new eyeglasses from Eyes on Breckenridge, relaxed during a facial, massage and steam bath from Blue Sage Spas and received a stylish haircut from Adams Studio South.
She also chose an elegant gown from Big City Blues for tonight’s Team Summit Ski Ball, where her new look will be officially unveiled.
“I call it my Vanna White gown. I’ve never had anything like this. I feel like a queen,” Godrey said.
Godfrey described herself as very isolated in the last two years and is thrilled about the prospect to finally have the confidence to make new friends again.
“How you project yourself is how people see you, we’re such a visual society. I want to be able to smile again and to talk to people,” Godfrey explained. “I’m single too. I want to be able to go out and meet people again.”
More than 20 people applied for the contest after it was announced in early October.
The pool was eventually narrowed down to seven finalists, who were all given dental exams.
Lisa Korry Cheek, general manager for KSMT radio, said she and the other organizers selected Andrea because they felt her application was the most compelling.
“We wanted the winner to be somebody who not only needed (the makeover), but somebody who also did not have the means to do it, either physically or financially,” said Korry Cheek.
Godfrey, who’s been supported by disability since her accident, is hoping this opportunity will give her a newfound faith in herself so she can learn a new skill, go back to work and become self-sufficient again.
But for now, she’s floating on cloud nine, anxiously awaiting her big night out at the ski ball.
“It’s going to be magic for one night. I’m never going to forget this.”
Nicole Formosa can be reached
at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at email@example.com.
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