Vans Warped Tour Bowls a Strike to Support Cancer Research

Over 400 people joined 18 bands at the Brunswick Tri-City Bowl in Phoenix on Monday for the 3rd Annual Vans Warped Tour / T.J. Martell Foundation Bowling Tournament. Motion City Soundtrack dominated in first place with over 2,200 combined pins throughout three rounds. Rock bands The Summer Set and Pierce the Veil landed in second and third place, respectively. Other bands that bowled included AM Taxi, Face To Face, Hey Monday, and many more. 

This is the third year that bands and their fans rocked out, bowled, and raised money for the T.J. Martell Foundation. This year’s tournament raised over $11,000 for the Foundation. In its 35 years, the Foundation has raised over $240 million to support leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. 

“We’re just really happy and honored to be a part of this great event for such a great cause,” said Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre. “To tell you the truth, I don’t get around humans too often so to do something like this and bowl next to our heroes in Face to Face, it really doesn’t get much better,” Pierre continued. 

Fans had the opportunity before the tournament to win a chance to bowl with their favorite band. And, thanks to Phoenix radio station X103.9, fans all over the country were able to bid on eBay for a chance to bowl on the same team as their favorite band. 

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