In remembrance of Ronnie James Dio, celebrities and fans gather in celebration with proceeds going to The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Ronnie James Dio, voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio, tragically passed away five years ago on May 16, 2010, after a battle with gastric cancer. In his memory, The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was founded. The fund is privately supported, and assists in funding cancer research, prevention, and education.
More specifically, the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund has generously contributed to many cancer research projects including the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric center research unit at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where Ronnie, specifically, was treated for gastric cancer.
The Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Remembrance Celebration, put on by the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund and sponsored by Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 FM The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing, and Western Bagels, is taking place this year in Los Angeles, CA, May 15-17. This is a weekend-long event celebrating the life of Ronnie James Dio on the anniversary of his passing.
Events are as follows:
May 15th: Bowl for Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show, this event is bound to be awesome. Fans will be bowling, eating, and enjoying some rock solid entertainment alongside celebrities and musicians to raise funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund. After bowling, an auction of music memorabilia and bowling pins autographed by Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax, and Metallica will be held to raise funds.
May 16th: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
This free memorial service will be held on Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. Those who worked closely with or who knew Ronnie well will be speaking and performing in this memorial service to celebrate Ronnie’s life and work.
May 17th: Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
The ride will go from the Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA, to Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino, CA, by way of the freeways in San Fernando Valley, the 405, and finally ending up at a BBQ in Los Encinos Historic Park.
For more information about Ronnie James Dio’s 5th Year Remembrance Celebration or The Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund, see the links below.
Ronnie James Dio’s 5th Year Remembrance Celebration