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Avon’s Tonya Warmenhoven drives away in a new Volvo

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” The 2007-08 edition of the popular Bud Light Street Beat free concert series got off to a rousing start Wednesday evening as Avon resident Tonya Warmenhoven went home with a new set of car keys in her pocket, while ’80s ska rockers The English Beat provided the free musical accompaniment.

Warmenhoven was one of six contestants selected from the large crowd of concert-goers to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win a 2008 Volvo C30 sedan, a new addition to the annual Bud Light Street Beat kickoff performance.

Traditionally, the new Volvo automobile serves as the season-ending grand prize for Eagle, Lake and Summit County locals that register for the car at each performance throughout the winter. While a second 2008 Volvo C30 will serve as the grand prize this year, the kickoff car giveaway was a special enhancement from Volvo Cars North America.

“We are extremely grateful to Volvo for their generosity in providing another car for our opening concert,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Our plan is to provide an all new Bud Light Street Beat series this winter and we’re off to a tremendous start.”

In addition to Warmenhoven, other contestants included Rebecca Jones of Minturn, Mark Newman of Avon, Dan Senkow of Vail, Gil Fancher of Avon and Rudy Maki of Olathe, Kansas.

The six contestants each had the opportunity to spin the prize wheel, with available prizes ranging from the Volvo C30 to gift bags and jackets from the recently completed Charles Schwab Birds of Prey World Cup, Honda Session or American Ski Classic. Warmenhoven was the lone contestant to have the wheel stop on the Volvo strip.

When asked where she would drive her new car, Warmenhoven replied, “around the world.”

All entries that were not selected for the opening contest will be put into the drawing for the season-ending Volvo, which will be given away during the final Bud Light Street Beat show on April 9. In addition to the local’s Grand Prize, out of town guests can register at each show to win a return trip to Vail for four, which will also be awarded at the final concert.

Now on a monthly schedule, the next Bud Light Street Beat free concert will be Jan. 16, featuring Squirrel Nut Zippers. Other shows will include Stockholm Syndrome (Feb. 20), Young Dubliners (March 19), John Popper Project with DJ Logic (April 2) and Colbie Caillat (April 9). All Bud Light Street Beat concerts are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village.

The Bud Light Street Beat free concert series is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com.

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