Vans Warped Tour Bowling Tournament Spotlights Cancer Research Efforts
The Vans Warped Tour is not just a festival filled with a collection of diverse rock acts, as the renowned festival is also dedicated to spotlighting worthy causes that trumps any kind of concert performance. This week, the 6th Annual Vans Warped Tour Charity Bowling Tournament was held at the Brunswick Tri-City Bowl in Phoenix, with nineteen bands from the tour trying their best to throw strikes.
Hawthorne Heights took the first place trophy, with second and third place going to Silverstein and blessthefall. Four hundred-plus people attended the Phoenix event, which was dedicated to the memory of Lou Cotton’s (We Came as Romans) mother, who recently died from cancer.
Thanks to eBay, fans were able to bid for a chance to bowl with their favorite band, and a select number of fans who made donations at the event were also able to socialize with members of their favorite team of the evening. The event raised $8.000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation, which donates its efforts to cancer research.
In related news, the Vans Warped Tour have also partnered up with Waves For Water, as various artists from the fest will participate in restoring New Jersey’s Lavallette Bay Park, which sustained flooding and storm damage from Hurricane Sandy. The event, which will have the musicians work with Waves for Water, the Lavallette Volunter Fire Department, and other community members in the New Jersey area, takes place Monday, July 8. Memphis May Fire, Echosmith, Sleeping With Sirens, Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, and Chiodos are among the bands who are participating in the Hurricane Sandy Relief Day.