(Hellogoodbye, August Burns Red and Rocket Radio 99.5 pose with their trophies. Photo credit: www.stevemacintyre.com)

This wasn’t going to be a normal Tuesday night bowling league when members of the band Pepper showed up to bowling alley in matching Hawaiian shirts and yellow “Pepper Security” hats and the folks from Monster Energy donned togas and gold leaf crowns. Last Tuesday night in Las Cruces, NM was the scene of the 4th Annual Vans Warped Tour/T.J. Martell Foundation Bowling Tournament where 23 artists from the 2011 Vans Warped Tour along with their fans competed for heavily-coveted 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. This year Hellogoodbye’s team was victorious and August Burns Red gave them a run for their money coming in second while local radio station The Rocket’s took the third place trophy home in Las Cruces. Over 400 people packed into the 10 Pin Alley and stayed to the final frame. The 2011 bowling tournament raised over $10,500.00 for the T. J. Martell Foundation.

(A Day To Remember Photo: www.stevemacintyre.com)

In addition to the tournament, fans were able to bid for a chance to bowl on the same team as their favorite band via eBay and for the first time, the tournament was open to a limited number of spectators who made additional donations to the event. Fox Racing was also on hand to supply the top eight teams and fans with their premium sunglasses and Punky Pets donated goody bags filled with tons of great product to the evening’s attendees. The event was hosted by local radio station and media sponsor The Rocket 99.5 and their on-air staff. All attendees received a limited edition hologram pass courtesy of i6 Tix and all bowlers received a one-of-a-kind event shirt donated by Advent Clothing Co.

(Hellogoodbye performing with their 1st Place trophy onstage Photo: Greg Gura)

Event Sponsors: 10 Pin Alley, Access Pass & Design, Advent Clothing Co., Bill Young Productions, CAA, Cat Power, Daisy Rock, Ernie Ball, Foxhead Inc., i6 Tix, Kleege Staging, MSO PR, Punky Pets, Unite The United Foundation, The Rocket 99.5, and Vans.

Bowling Bands:  A Day To Remember, Attack Attack!, Against Me!, Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red, Bad Rabbits, Big D & The Kids Table, Enter Shikari, Every Avenue, Go Radio, Grieves With Budo/Big Chocolate, Hellogoodbye, Less Than Jake, Lionize, MC Lars With Weerd Science, Shut Up & Deal, The Acacia Strain, The Devil Wears Prada, The Ready Set, The Wonder Years, The Word Alive, We Came As Romans and Winds Of Plague.

About Vans Warped Tour:
The VANS WARPED TOUR® is well established as America’s premiere music and lifestyle festival of the summer, breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as both creating and showcasing major established artists since 1995.  The nationally-renowned festival is the most eclectic traveling tour and features a diverse array of artists–with hotly tipped acts in every genre from punk, metal and indie to rock, hip-hop, rap, electronic, reggae and pop; as well as a variety of lifestyle attractions for its traditionally low ticket price. The tour has cemented its place in history by bringing punk rock/skate/action sports culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need and being the first tour to consistently use groundbreaking environmental techniques every year on the road. The Warped Eco Initiatives (WEI) range from biodiesel fuel for touring trucks and buses, to environmentally friendly catering for bands and crew courtesy of Tada Catering. There’s even a solar-powered sound system on the Kevin Says Stage and www.vanswarpedtour.com showcases public transportation options for every tour date and carpool social media apps as well as exotic eco travel contests. For more information on the tour that Alternative Press readers voted the “Best Tour/Festival” of 2009/2010 and Rolling Stone called “America’s most successful festival” (2005). Now in its 17th year, the 44-date tour commences June 24 in Dallas, TX and finishes August 14 in Portland, OR go to: www.vanswarpedtour.com.

About The T.J. Martell Foundation:
The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. It is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided over $250 million dollars for research through a variety of events.  Research hospitals funded by the foundation include: T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Harvard School of Public Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Cancer Center, The Mayo Clinic, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University and Arnold Palmer Medical Center.