Trista and Ryan Sutter are playing for local charities on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ |

Trista and Ryan Sutter are playing for local charities on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’

Trista and Ryan Sutter played for two local charities on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." The show airs first at 6 a.m. Wednesday on DirecTV's channel 20.
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What: Trista and Ryan Sutter play “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”

When/Where: Check your local TV listings or visit to find out when it will air.

Information: Trista and Ryan Sutter are featured on Bachelor Week on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

VAIL — Trista Sutter is so full of positive energy she makes The Little Engine That Could seem like a total drudge.

Trista and Ryan Sutter are competing for two local charities during Bachelor Week on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which is not one of the questions they had to answer on the game show because pretty much everyone does.

Bachelor buddies

Chris Harrison met them when he hosted “The Bachelor” franchise. He’s the new “Millionaire” host, and the first people he called were his “Bachelor” buddies. That leads us back to Trista and Ryan.

“We are one of those lucky participants,” Trista said.

Playing for charity on “Millionaire” was a labor of love.

“We couldn’t give up the chance to play for charity,” Trista said, in this case First Descents and the Eagle County public school their children attend.

“First Descents is near and dear to our heart,” Trista said. (She uses the singular when she says this). “Ryan and I both went to public schools growing up. We’re so excited to be able to support the school that wraps its arms around our kids and their friends,” Trista said. “We are so grateful for opportunities like this to give back!”

Plus, they had mountains of fun.

“I want them to have us back again. It was so much fun!” Trista said. “It was nice to be able to do it as a pair.”

Nerves and knowledge

It was tougher than she thought it was going to be.

“We’ve had a lot of experience being surrounded by television cameras, but you get caught up in it,” Trista said. “It was fun, but it was also nerve racking, trying to win as much money as possible for those people.”

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Hand delivery

They’ll be handing over their winnings during an assembly Friday morning at their kids’ school.

“We are very grateful to have had Eagle County Schools named by Trista and Ryan Sutter as one of the two charity recipients of their winnings from ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’,” said Jason Glass, superintendent of Eagle County Schools. “We are honored and humbled that we have parents like Trista and Ryan who care so deeply about the schools in our community. That they would show their commitment in such a public, warm-hearted way means so very much to all of us.”

Happily Ever After

They’ve managed to keep a relatively low profile in their high profile world.

Between courtship, marriage and renewing their vows on national television, they’ve tried their hand at home renovations, (“Rocky Mountain Reno” on HGTV) and have been regulars on every sort of TV show you can imagine.

They’ve done marriage boot camps and Trista wrote a book about gratitude, “Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart.”

That story goes something like this.

Trista was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about a new reality show. She was one of 25 women on the original “Bachelor.” She had her heart broken, but she landed on her feet, ready to run.

The next season, as the first Bachelorette, she plucked Ryan, the poetry-writing firefighter, from a field of suitors.

That was 2003.

Almost every day since, Trista has made a point to remember the best part of each day. Some days are better than others — she has experienced fertility issues, a difficult pregnancy, family deaths and the kinds of challenges most of us face.

Follow her on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll get the idea. Buy her book and you’ll know that the secret to a grateful heart is not a secret.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and

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