Rockers, bowling enthusiasts, DIO fans and supporters returned to PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California on November 16 for the annual BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).  Officially sold out well in advance, the event brought in over $80,000 for the music-based cancer charity.

Hosted by broadcast personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s 103 Faction Talk channel, this year’s attendees included Fred Aching (BulletBoys, PowerFlo, Kings of Thrash); T-Bone Anderson, Jimmy Burkard, Jason Cornwell, Dave “Chili” Moreno, Chas West and Roy Z (West Bound); Marten Andersson and Patrick Kennison of (Lita Ford); Dennis Atlas (QRST); Tal Bachman (BTO); Regina Banali; Tyler Bates (Jerry Cantrell, Rob Zombie); Chris Beall, Jerry Dixon and Robert Mason (Warrant); Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Neil Turbin (Anthrax); Ira Black (Vio-Lence, BulletBoys, Dio); Mark Boals (Ring of Fire, Dio Disciples); Phil Buckman and Brett Scallions (Fuel); Jacob Bunton and Jonny Martin (LA Guns); John Bush (Armored Saint); Calico Cooper, Chuck Garric and Chris Latham (Beasto Blanco); Fred Coury (Cinderella); Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders); Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence); Matt Duncan (DC4); Shawn Duncan (DC4, LA Guns); Bjorn Englen (Dio, Soul Sign); Lita Ford; Juan Garcia (Body Count, Agent Steel, Evil Dead); Abby Gennet (Slunt); singer-songwriter Max Gomez; Hunter Havok and CC McKenna (Death Dealer Union); Jesse Hughes and Jennie Vee (Eagles of Death Metal); Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White); Alistair James and Ari Kamin (Steven Adler); Rob Jones and Chaz Ruiz of Yachtley Crew; Sean Killian (Vio-Lence); Adam Kury (Candlebox); Britt Lightning (Vixen); James LoMenzo and Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth); Steve Lukather (Toto); Rob Math (Soul Sign, Leatherwolf); Sean McNabb (Dokken, Quiet Riot); Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine); Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne); Marty O’Brien (Daughtry, Lita Ford); Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats); Robert Sarzo (Hurricane); Cesar Soto (Ministry); Michael Starr (Steel Panther); Patrick Stone (Budderside); Marq Torien (BulletBoys); Chris Velez (Persekutor); Scott Warren and Simon Wright (Dio); Brent Woods (Chevy Metal, Sebastian Bach); Chuck Wright (Alice Cooper, Quiet Riot, Montrose); August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung); drummers Billy McNicol and Zak St. John; record producers Wyn Davis and Jay Ruston, actors Star Fields (“Sons of Anarchy”), Al Coronel and Cody Renee Cameron; DJ Will of KNAC.com and Marci Wiser and Stewart Herrera of KLOS.

Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Adler, Lynam)
Beasto Blanco
Holly West (Dead Groove Band) and Bulletboys


Wendy Dio, Eddie Trunk, Lita Ford, and Brent Woods

The Board of Directors presented Dr. David Wong, whose team at the UCLA School of Dentistry has had the support of the Dio Cancer Fund for its research in the development of salivary biomarkers for gastric cancer detection since 2016, a check for an additional $25,000 toward his team’s research on a simple, non-invasive saliva swab test for early cancer detection.

Additionally, the Dio Cancer Fund paid tribute to long-time supporter Mikeal Maglieri, owner of the Whisky a Go Go nightclub and Rainbow Bar and Grill, who had purchased two lanes for the event prior to his untimely passing in early November. The charity’s King of Rock ‘N Roll Award, presented for major contributions made to the Dio Cancer Fund by donors or volunteers, is being renamed the “Mikeal Maglieri King of Rock ‘N Award” and was presented to him posthumously this year.

In addition to all of the celebrities who continuously support and participate in our events, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund would like to thank everyone who generously donated by sponsoring a lane: Adam Parsons Entertainment, BMG, Gloria and Geezer Butler, Clair Global, Danny Wimmer Presents, Danny Zelisko Presents, Death Dealer Union, Global Merchandising Services (which also donated this year’s event teeshirts), Kapoor Medical, McBride Wealth Management, Mercury Studios, Tim Murch, Nederlander Presents, Niji Entertainment, Pants: Optional, PRG, Rainbow Bar & Grill, Rhino Records, Rick Sales Entertainment, Sound Talent Group, Spectacle Group, TKO, There Bowl’s My Hero, Upstaging, Whisky A Go Go and Valley Relics Museum … and the volunteers who generously gave of their time: Lauren Aloy, Kia Andersson, Mathew Beighley, Deme Bermudez, PG Brunelli, Alex Castino, Charlene Codella, Michele Coombe, Omar Gimenez, Rhian Gittins, Jeff Gray, Scot Kaufman, Gene Kirkland, Alex Kluft, Jessica Kusnier, Rebecca Kusnier, Joe Montoya, Kristen Mourad, Craig Newman, Paula Newman, Tyler Newman, Pat Otis, Michelle Parisi, Beth Patton, Rita Rendon, Theresa Schachtel, Zander Schachtel, Brie Ventrice, Charlene Ward, Ann Webb and Kate Webster.

Highlights of the 2023 BOWL FOR RONNIE can be viewed here:

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010.  A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised over $2 million in its history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. Since 2016, the Dio Cancer Fund has committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer, which is in keeping with the Fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

The acclaimed documentary, “DIO: Dreamers Never Die,” is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray+4K, which debuted at #1 on both the US and UK Music DVD charts during its first week of release. To order the DVD, Blu-Ray+4K or merchandise bundles, visit: https://shop.bandwear.com/dio. The film is also streaming on SHOWTIME and on the SHOWTIME app at: https://www.sho.com/titles/3519882/dio-dreamers-never-die.

For more information, visit:  www.diocancerfund.org
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Photos by contributor Joe Schaeffer (Joe Schaeffer Photography). News posted on 12/5/2023