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Nominate a Vail Valley veteran

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BEAVER CREEK — Montgomery Gentry, the country duo slated to perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Aug. 1, regularly supports U.S. troops and the Wounded Warriors Project.

Taking a page out of the duo’s book, the Vilar Center and the Vail Veterans Program have partnered to honor and recognize local active duty and retired members of the U.S. military here in the Vail Valley.

Coinciding with the upcoming Montgomery Gentry performance on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., the Vilar Center and Vail Veterans Program are taking nominations from friends, family members and vets themselves for stories about locals who serve in the armed forces or have served in the past. The winning entrants will be awarded tickets to the Vilar Center’s Montgomery Gentry performance along with a private meet and greet with Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry before the show.

“We’re asking all current or past military members who have served or are currently serving, from all branches of the military, to consider sharing their story,” said Cheryl Jensen, executive director and founder of the Vail Veterans Program. “We want to elevate these heroic individuals by telling their stories and thank a special few winners and their families with an evening up at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.”

Story submissions can speak to the nominee’s service, their role within the Vail Valley community or simply their character. The winners will be chosen by popular vote and judged by the Vail Veterans Program staff and volunteers. Entry forms are available at and can be submitted to the Vilar Performing Arts Center Box Office via email (box or by dropping the submission by the box office in person. The window for accepting nominations closes at 5 p.m. July 29 and the winner will be announced on or before Aug. 1.

“Montgomery Gentry is a significant supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project, and when we suggested hosting a contest and contributing a portion of our ticket sales proceeds to the Vail Veterans Program, they were quick to get on board,” said Kris Sabel, executive director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “These two gentlemen are incredibly talented and it’s an honor just to have them performing in our hall. To have a private meet and greet with some of our local military members, vets and wounded warriors has us looking forward to this special evening even more.”

Montgomery Gentry has risen to become one of country music’s hottest duos. With a new album, a new label and a renewed sense of musical purpose, they lay claim to fourteen Top 10 singles, including five No. 1s: “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” Tickets for Montgomery Gentry are $120/$150 (based on seating) and as part of the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s commitment to honoring U.S. troops, $1 of each ticket sold will go to the Vail Veterans Program.

Montgomery Gentry tickets are available by phone at 970-845-TIXS, online at or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek.

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