Summit County Rotary seeks help finding mystery Ice Melt contest winner |

Summit County Rotary seeks help finding mystery Ice Melt contest winner

Rotarian Rob Phipps, of Breckenridge, helps Summit County Water Rescue Team members Drew Fontana, center, and Jody Patrizio, right, load the Rotary Club’s Ice Melt Contest device into the team’s hovercraft on Lake Dillon Saturday, March 22, 2014.
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The Summit County Rotary Club has a $2,000 mystery on its hands, and club members are hoping someone out there can help them solve it.

“We have $2,000 to give away, but we don’t know who to give it to,” said Diane Monaghan, referring to the second-best guess in the club’s annual Ice Melt fundraiser, for which she served as the chairwoman this year.

Through the club’s annual fundraiser, more than 5,000 tickets are sold every year, and each allows for one guess about when the club’s ice device — a 55-gallon drum full of air and weighted on one side — goes buoyant on Lake Dillon as the ice under it melts.

It’s set out on the lake in March, and when the device falls through, an internal clock stops as it hits the water. After it’s been retrieved, the club checks the clock and identifies the winners.

This year, the device took the plunge at 12:49.50 p.m. on April 16, and Monaghan said the three best guess were all within an hour of each other. It’s not the closest it’s ever been, she said, adding that it’s somewhat typical for a tight grouping among the contest entries.

More than 40 people submitted tickets guessing some time on April 16. However, leading the way was Phyllis Martinez, who came the closest to the actual time the ice device took the plunge. For that, she gets $4,000. In third place was Gordon Herwig, who gets $1,000 for his guess. Both are Summit County residents.

However, the second-place ticket holder has yet to be identified. That’s because the lucky guesser only turned in a date and time on ticket No. 3382, but did not provide any contact information with the entry.

“We are hoping that this individual has the other side of the winning ticket, and comes forward so we can award the $2,000 prize,” said Monaghan.

In an effort to locate the winner, she is encouraging contest participants to check their ticket stubs, and if No. 3382 is found, the owner should contact Rotarian John Pfarr at or stop by Alpine Insurance in Frisco with the ticket.

“We are allowing one month for the winner to come forward,” Monaghan said. “So please respond before June 12.”

The winners will be celebrated at the May 23 morning Rotary meeting.

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