Rockers, bowling enthusiasts, Dio fans and supporters returned to PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California ,on November 16th, for the annual Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. It officially sold out well in advance and 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 of West Bound; Marten Andersson and Patrick Kennison of Lita Ford band; Dennis Atlas (QRST); Tal Bachman (BTO); Regina Banali; Tyler Bates (Jerry Cantrell, Rob Zombie); Chris Beall, Jerry Dixon and Robert Mason of Warrant; Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Neil Turbin of Anthrax; Ira Black (Vio-Lence, Bulletboys, Dio); Mark Boals (Ring of Fire, Dio Disciples); Phil Buckman and Brett Scallions of Fuel; Jacob Bunton and Jonny Martin of L.A. Guns; John Bush (Armored Saint); Calico Cooper, Chuck Garric and Chris Latham of Beasto Blanco; Fred Coury (Cinderella); Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders); Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence); Matt Duncan (DC4); Shawn Duncan (DC4, L.A. Guns); Bjorn Englen (Dio Band, Soul Sign); Lita Ford; Juan Garcia (Body Count, Agent Steel, Evil Dead); Abby Gennet (Slunt); singer-songwriter Max Gomez; Hunter Havok and CC McKenna of Death Dealer Union; Jesse Hughes and Jennie Vee of Eagles of Death Metal; Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White); Alistair James (Steven Adler); Rob Jones and Chaz Ruiz of Yachtley Crew; Ari Kamin (Stephen Adler); Sean Killian (Vio-Lence); Adam Kury (Candlebox); Britt Lightning (Vixen); James LoMenzo and Dirk Verbeuren of Megadeth; Steve Lukather (Toto); Rob Math (Soul Sign); 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 Band); 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.  

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.

Winners are as follows:

1st Place Celebrity Team receives their trophies ( as pictured above includes): Eddie Trunk, Star Fields, Wendy Dio, Scott Courtright, Al Coronel, Sean McNabb, Jesse Hughes and Cody Renee Cameron  

1st Place Lane Sponsor Team—Metal Blade Records.

Steve Strange Award for Highest Individual Celebrity bowling score presented to Jerry Dixon of Warrant.

Dean Schachtel Award for Highest Individual bowling score presented to Scott Courtright, from Nashville, TN.

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.

Highlights of the 2023 Bowl For Ronnie can be viewed, below.

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: bandwear.com/dio. The film is also streaming on Showtime and on the Showtime app at: sho.com/titles/3519882/dio-dreamers-never-die.

For more information, visit:  diocancerfund.org.

Photo credit: Alex Kluft

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