Fun, food and Bowling with musicians for raising funds for cancer at PINZ Bowling, Studio City, California on November 4, 2016.
When Ronnie James Dio died from cancer, Wendy Dio wanted to give it the attention it deserves. Since Ronnieâ€™s passing by raising money to help fund research by having annual charity events such as Bowling and Ride for Ronnie with people riding their motorcycles to a free concert with food, merchandise and mingling with the musicians and others in entertainment and breaking the barriers between bands and fans that we share a common value. Our Health! The focus is on our health and screenings for various cancers.
The second annual Bowl 4 Ronnie is a red carpet event and where fans can mingle and bowl with the musicians and others hosted by â€˜The Metal Showâ€™ Eddie Trunk with raffles. This year items raffled were a specially designed bowling ball and bowling pin donated by PINZ.
Some that were on the red carpet were Craig Goldy (Dio), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Dio Disciples/Judas Priest), Rudy Sarzo (Dio/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake), Scott Warren (Dio /Warrant), 5 (Rob Zombie), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples/Tony MacAlpine/Yngwie Malmsteen), Chris Broderick (Megadeth/Act of Defiance), Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage), ), Joe Harges (Lizzy Borden), Joanie Pimentel (No Small Children), Lisa Pimentel (No Small Children), Nicola Belinsky (No Small Children), Howie Simon (Nelson, Alcatraz), singer Ann Boleyn (Hellion), singer Sonia Harley, Christine Devine (Fox 11 News anchor) and actor/ musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob/Quiet Riot/Dokken), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Dio Disciples/Judas Priest), ), Chris Hager (Rough Cutt), Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford), Jeff Scott Soto (Kryst The Conqueror/Yngwie Malmsteen), Chas West (Lynch Mob/Foreigner/ Bonham), and Marc Ferrari (Keel).
A live auction included music memorabilia and a six-string Jackson guitar donated by Chris Broderick of Act of Defiance, who will be in attendance, stage played while on tour with Megadeth in 2012 (as well as autographed photos of Chris playing that guitar).
A check for $25,000 was presented to UCLA for cancer research, which is making advances for screening such as using saliva though while others form of screening is still being used for prostate and the colon.
There also new award named after Dean Schacthel who died last year. He worked at Njij Entertainment who is responsible putting this event and the Ride For Ronnie together, so it is appropriate to have this named after him.
The bowling event will be held annually and next year is the Ride For Ronnie on May 7, 2017 at Los Encinos Park at Encino, California.
Visit the Dio Cancer Fund site for more information on the upcoming charity event.
Information about David Wong’s research is available from UCLA