FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 16, 2012
CONTACT: James Tye, Director of Development and External AffairsÂ Clean Lakes Alliance
Cell: (608) 628-6655 or James@cleanlakesalliance.com
Mendota Freeze Contest Names a Winner!
Waunakee Woman Wins Grand Prize of Cross-Country Ski Package
MADISON, WI – The Clean Lakes Alliance is pleased to announce that Beverly Miller, of Waunakee, has won the first annual Mendota Freeze Contest by guessing correctly that Lake Mendota would freeze for the first time this winter on January 14.
â€œI am surprised and very excited,â€ Miller said, when she was notified today about the contest results. She added that she had entered the contest at the urging of her son, who saw it reported on WMTV-TV in Madison.
Don Heilman, CLA president, said the lakeâ€™s later-than-average freezing date resulted in even more people entering the contest than he had expected.
â€œThe Mendota Freeze Contest opened on December 1st and ran until Saturday, when the Wisconsin State Climatology Office announced that the lake had officially frozen over,â€ he said. â€œWe had fantastic participation from the public and great support from our sponsors, and I think everyone had a lot of fun with it.â€
More than 500 people entered the free online contest by registering their freeze predictions at the CLA website, www.cleanlakesalliance.com. Lake Mendotaâ€™s freeze date was determined by the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, which has tracked the freeze dates for Madison lakes since the mid-19th century. Millerâ€™s name was drawn from the entries of the first 10 people to correctly guess that January 14th would be the day.
Miller won the grand prize of a complete cross-country ski package donated by Erehwon Mountain Outfitter. CLA also awarded prizes of $50 gift certificates, donated by Middleton Sports & Fitness, to four runners-up. Their names, also drawn from the pool of correct entries, are Connie Estep, Matt Murphy and Victoria Whelen, all of Madison, and Mike Hardiman, of McFarland.
Heilman said the contest was intended to draw attention to the year-round importance of area lakes.
â€œSo many people enjoy our lakes in the winter as well as in the summer,â€ he said. â€œNearly every day of the cold-weather months you can find people ice boating, snowshoeing, skating and fishing on our lakes, they really are Madisonâ€™s frozen assets!â€
The Mendota Freeze Contest was sponsored by MyWeather.com and Madison Magazine. Hundreds of people followed the contest on Twitter (@crazy4lakes and #mendotafreeze) and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CleanLakesAlliance, and CLA plans to maintain those sites for several weeks so that people can learn more about the history and quality-of-life contributions of Mendota and Dane Countyâ€™s other lakes.
For more information on the freeze dates for Lakes Mendota, Monona and Wingra, visit the Madison Lakes Ice Summary at the Wisconsin State Climatology Office.
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