“BOWL FOR RONNIE” CELEBRITY BOWLING PARTY’S
POST-COVID RETURN BRINGS IN MORE THAN $72,000 FOR
RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND
Sold-Out Event Hosted by Broadcast Personality Eddie Trunk
Attracts Rockers, Celebrities and Supporters to
Raise Awareness and Funds for Cancer Charity
The BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), made a splashy post-pandemic return by attracting a sell-out crowd well in advance and bringing in over $72,000 for the music-based cancer charity. The November 17 event at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California was the charity’s first public fund-raising event in three years.
Some 300 rockers, bowling enthusiasts, DIO fans and Dio Cancer Fund supporters made up the capacity crowd at the event, hosted by broadcast personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s 103 Faction Talk channel.
This year’s attendees included Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies); record producers Joe Barresi and Jay Ruston; singer Em Beihold; Jack Black (Tenacious D); Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Mark Chaussee (Danzig), Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman); actors Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy); Matt Duncan (DC4); Shawn Duncan (LA Guns, DC4); Lita Ford; Abby Gennet (Slunt); DJ Will (KNAC); Jesse Hughes and Jennie Vee of Eagles of Death Metal; Ari Kamin (Adler’s Appetite); guitarist Bobby Keller; Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs); Julia Lage (Vixen); Ministry members Roy Mayorga, Cesar Soto, Monte Pittman and John Bechdel; actor/musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob); Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine); Dave “Chili” Moreno, Jason Cornwell, Chas West, Roy Z and Jimmy Burkhard of West Bound; Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne); Marty O’Brien (Daughtry); Tim “Ripper” Owens, Harry Conklin and Sean Peck of The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens; Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats); Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4); Brett Scallions (Fuel); Howie Simon (Winger); Zak St. John (Black Star Riders); Dio band members Bjorn Englen, Scott Warren and Simon Wright; Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders); Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Chevy Metal); entrepreneur Ahmet Zappa and his sister actress Diva Zappa.
Lita Ford on the red carpet (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
Jesse Hughes (left) and Jennie Vee of Eagles of Death Metal flank Straycat Slim Jim Phantom
(Photo by Alex Kluft)
Actors Star Fields and Al Coronel with Regina Banali and Lynch Mob’s Sean McNabb
(Photo by Craig Newman)
Hellion’s Ann Boleyn and Dio drummer Simon Wright (Photo by Craig Newman)
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (front), Brent Woods (Chevy Metal), Eddie Trunk,
Jack Black (Tenacious D) and Doug Burgess of Tulsa, OK, who was the highest bidder on eBay
to play on Eddie Trunk’s celebrity bowling team. (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
West Bound (from left) Bone Anderssen, Jimmy Burkhard, Chas West, Jason Cornwell,
Roy Z and Dave “Chili” Moreno) arrive on the red carpet (Photo by Craig Newman)
Marty O’Brien of Daughtry, in full Dio regalia, holding the newly released
Ronnie James Dio Funko-Pop figure. (Photo by Alex Kluft)
The late Steve Strange, legendary agent who represented Eminem, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Snow Patrol and Alice in Chains, among many others, was celebrated by friends and colleagues with photos throughout the venue. The Dio Cancer Fund inaugurated the new Steve Strange Award for the individual celebrity bowler with the highest overall bowling score. All of the trophies and medals awarded this year bear his photo as a further tribute to him.
Wendy Dio poses with photo of the late Steve Strange (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
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, announced that, with support from the Dio Cancer Fund, his research has developed nine saliva RNA biomarkers that can mark patients with gastric cancer with high clinical performance. This progress has allowed them to submit their finding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a “Gastric Cancer Biomarker Characterization Center” grant. The Board of Directors presented him with a check for an additional $25,000 toward his team’s research on a simple, non-invasive saliva swab test for early cancer detection.
Dr. David Wong accepts a check from the Dio Cancer Fund’s Board of Directors. From left:
Dr. David Wong, Dio Cancer Fund Board members Rick Sales and Andy Gould, Eddie Trunk, and Board members Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Wendy Dio, Sharon Weisz, Nick Jackson, Sabrina Ment, Sean McNabb, Sheila Melody, Adam Parsons, Mary Kusnier and Paul Newman. Not pictured: Diana DeVille, John Doran, Delilah Gimenez, Tim Murch, Scott Sentinella, Robin Shaw and
Danny Zelisko (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
The celebrity bowling tournament was the scene of fierce competition, with the team headed by Tim “Ripper” Owens and members of his band The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens capturing the 1st place trophy.
Dan Hayes of Stamford, CT, the 2019 winning bidder to play on Eddie Trunk’s celebrity team, returned this year with his band LiegeLord to sponsor the 1st place winning corporate team.
1st Place Celebrity team, which included Tim “Ripper” Owens, Sean Peck and Harry Conklin of
The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens, is presented their trophies by Wendy Dio
(Photo by PG Brunelli)
Members of the 2nd Place Celebrity team, which included Blasko, Shawn Duncan,
Matt Duncan and Rowan Robertson, receive their prizes from Wendy Dio
(Photo by PG Brunelli)
The KLOS team poses on the red carpet before capturing 3rd Place in the celebrity tournament.
From left: Full Metal Jackie, Stew Herrera, Marci Wiser, Frank Kramer,
Jordan Fitzsimmons and Johnny Ice (Photo by Alex Kluft)
Wendy Dio with LiegeLord, captained by Dan Hayes and pictured with John Mostoller and Tim Stobbie, who captured 1st place in the corporate category. (Photo by Craig Newman)
Wendy Dio with 2nd Place Corporate team winner, Eyellusion: (from left) DJ Will, Jeff Pezzuti, Matt Larsen, Sari Cohen, Mike Ecle, Kurt Vitolo and Aaron Vest (Photo by PG Brunelli)
Metal Blade Records took 3rd place in the corporate category. From left: Jordan Mancino,
Josh Gilbert, Suzy Cole and Vince Edwards with Wendy Dio
Not pictured: Matthew Taylor and Dan Fitzgerald (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
The inaugural Steve Strange Award for top celebrity bowling score went to
Howie Simon of Winger (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
The Dean Schachtel Award for top individual score went to Mike Knutsen
(Photo by Gene Kirkland)
Highlights of the 2022 BOWL FOR RONNIE can be viewed here:
In addition to all of the celebrities who continuously participate in our events, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund would like to thank:
–the sponsors who generously donated to purchase a lane: BMG, Clair Global, Danny Zelisko Presents, Eyellusion, Global Merchandising Services, Goldenvoice, HHO Sin City, I Like You, Kapoor Medical, LiegeLord, Magica Tarot, McBride Wealth Management, Metal Blade Records, Nederlander Concerts, Niji Entertainment Group, PRG, Rainbow Bar & Grill, Rhino Records, Rick Sales Entertainment, Spectacle Entertainment Group, The Strength Code, TKO, Upstaging Inc, W3 Public Relations and X-Ray Touring;
–the volunteers who generously gave of their time: Lauren Aloy, Kia Anderson, PG Brunelli, Maria Ferrero, Delilah Gimenez, Jeff Gray, Scot Kaufman, Ann Kirkland, Gene Kirkland, Alex Kluft, Jessica Kusnier, Rebecca Kusnier, Sabrina Ment, Craig Newman, Paula Newman, Olivia Pilson, Teresa Schachtel, Kyle Smith, Sarah Weiss and Sharon Weisz;
–and California Love Drop for serving Yogurtland Frozen Yogurt to our players and guests!
The acclaimed documentary, “DIO: Dreamers Never Die,” has its television premiere on SHOWTIME today, December 1st. It will also be available to stream via the SHOWTIME app. Visit: https://www.sho.com/titles/3519882/dio-dreamers-never-die
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was founded 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 short 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 also 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.