Last year’s event, which sold out in advance and raised a record $74,000 for the cancer charity, attracted some 300 rockers, bowling enthusiasts, DIO fans and Dio Cancer Fund supporters.
The event once again will be hosted by television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s Volume channel and whose TV series TrunkFest airs on AXS-TV. Trunk, whose 2018 celebrity bowling team comprising Doug Aldrich, Jack Black, Geezer Butler and Tom Morello took first place last year, will again captain a team of celebrity bowlers he is assembling to defend his title. A place on Trunk’s celebrity team will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on eBay in the coming weeks.
Members of last year’s second place celebrity team will return to face off against Trunk’s team and all comers in the celebrity competition, among them rockers Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Fred Coury (Cinderella), Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs) and Brett Scallions (Fuel). Artists who are planning to join the fun this year includeDavid “Rock” Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses, Adler’s Appetite), Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Quiet Riot), Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, I Am Morbid),Blasko (Ozzy Osborne), Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill), Phil Buckman (Petty Cash), Art Cruz (Lamb of God), Jeff and Shawn Duncan (DC4), Matt Duncan (Armored Saint), Damon Fox (The Cult), Craig Goldy and Scott Warren of Dio, Terry Ilous (Great White), Todd Morse (Petty Cash, Offspring), Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church), Sadie Nardini (Sadie and the Tribe), Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4), Gonzo and Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Steven Smyth (One Machine, Testament), Ernie Snair (The Loveless), Michael Spencer (Flotsam & Jetsam), Patrick Stone (Budderside), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach), Rita Haney, Sonia Harley and actors Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy), Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and Vincent St. James.
The BOWL FOR RONNIE is an evening of fun, food, a raffle drawing for prizes and memorabilia. and, of course, bowling with rockers and celebrities competing for trophies kicks off at 6:30 PM with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. Music for the pre-party will be supplied by DJ Will.
Highlights of last year’s BOWL FOR RONNIE can be viewed here:
100% of the net proceeds from the BOWL FOR RONNIE will go to the Dio Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), which is now in its tenth year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research. Individual tickets and lane sponsorships are now on sale, and participants are encouraged to gather friends, family and co-workers for the ultimate bowling team. The Pinz Bowling Center is located at 12655 Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California.
- Individual Bowler: $75 (Join other rock ‘n bowlers for open bowling from 6:30-9PM on first come, first served basis, includes pizza, shoe rental and bowling)
- Team/Corporate Lane Sponsorship: $1995 package for private lane for 6 bowlers (includes team or corporate logo displayed on lane and throughout event on flat screens, 6 VIP party passes for access to Artist/VIP lounge, 2 drink tickets per team member, 6 “Bowl For Ronnie” t-shirts, pizza and shoe rental)
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. 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.