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Score a date with Cosmo’s top bachelor in Vail

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
AE First Descents PU 4-4-07

VAIL, Colorado ” You might have spotted Gypsum resident Brad Ludden this month in Cosmopolitan magazine, representing Colorado’s top bachelor. Now, you can score a date with him.

Swing by the Vail Daily/TV8 auction at the Sandbar Sports Grill Thursday night to bid on a date with Ludden. Although he’s in Madagascar, Ludden will deliver a video greeting to the audience, and, once he returns from his trip, Ludden will escort his top bidder on a date.

Why is Ludden a good catch? For starters, he has solid references. Cosmo dubbed him the Hottest Bachelor of 2008 last month and gave him a $10,000 prize. Ludden donated that money to his nonprofit organization, First Descents. Based in Avon, First Descents offers outdoor adventure therapy to young adults with cancer.

If you’re still shy about bidding on Brad, consider that all proceeds from the auction flow to the Vail Valley Salvation Army in Edwards. The Vail Daily raised more than $2,600 for the cause last year ” and now we’re hoping to double that figure.

To reach that goal, we plan to auction off dates with our top five bachelors and top five bachelorettes. We received 71 nominations from the community this year, including 39 bachelors and 32 bachelorettes.

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A panel of Vail Daily and TV8 judges picked the winners after meeting the contestants at a pair of singles mixers. The top women include Jennifer Burkey, Heather Campbell, Abby Kenney, Amy Mihalik and Amber Spitze. Our winning bachelors are Justin Carr, Chris Losacco, Martin Nordin, Matt Garth and Josh Stuckey.

The winners say they look forward to raising money for charity.

“Really, I’m just always looking to help out any cause I can and to just have fun with this,” said Garth, a 23-year-old East Vail resident.

How much money does he hope to raise?

“If I could get a grand for myself that would be great for this fundraiser, anywhere between $500 and a grand would be awesome,” he said.

Burkey, a 29-year-old Eagle resident, said she hopes the bidders as a group beat last year’s fundraising total. She’s keeping an open mind about the date with her top bidder.

“I’ve learned to not have expectations so just to hopefully have a great time,” Burkey said. “That’s my expectation, if any at all.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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