The fourth annual BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California was once again sold out in advance. This year’s event brought in its largest amount yet – $74,000 – for the music-based organization that has been raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research since 2010.

Over 300 rockers, bowling enthusiasts, Dio fans and Dio Cancer Fund supporters made up the capacity crowd with the event hosted by broadcast personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s Volume channel and whose TV series TrunkFest airs on AXS-TV.

Rock musicians and celebrities in attendance this year included Doug Aldrich (Dio, Dead Daisies), Kenny Aronoff (Zappa band), Ira Black (I Am Morbid, Lizzy Borden, Metal Church), actor/musician Jack Black, Bobby Blotzer (RATT), Jimmy Burkhard (Billy Idol, West Bound), Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler, Kalen Chase (Korn), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Jason Cornwell and Stephen LeBlanc of West Bound, Fred Coury (Cinderella), Greg D’Angelo (Anthrax, White Lion), Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat), Damon Fox (The Cult), Chris Latham and Calico Cooper of Beastö Blancö, actress-musician Abby Gennet, Rita Haney, Joey Harges (Lizzie Borden), Sonia Harley, Stew Herrera from KLOS, Terry Ilous (Great White), Adam Jones (Tool), Alex Kane (The Ramones), Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), Logan Nikolic, Sam Koltun, Rich Sacco, Michael Stone and Patrick Stone of Budderside, Luis Maldonado (Train), Johnny Martin (LA Guns, Adler’s Appetite), actor/musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage), Marty O’Brien (Methods of Mayhem, Lita Ford), Gonzo and Phil Sandoval of Armored Saint, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Otep Shamaya (Otep), Howie Simon (Alcatrazz), Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Sadie St. Vincent, Chris and Nico Tsangeris of Classless Act, Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), Dio Disciples members Scott Warren and Simon Wright, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), Chas West (Lynch Mob, West Bound), August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung), DJ WIll of KNAC.com and Diva and Ahmet Zappa as well as actors Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy), Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and James St. Vincent.

Actor-musician Jack Black joins Wendy Dio on the red carpet (Photo by Gene Kirkland)

Eddie Trunk and Geezer Butler pose and joke simultaneously (Photo by Gene Kirkland)

Also in attendance was Steve Prziborowski of San Jose, California who won the Ebay auction to play on what turned out to be Eddie Trunk‘s first place-winning celebrity bowling team. Joining Eddie on that team were Jack Black, Geezer Butler, Doug Aldrich, Adam Jones and Tom Morello, who once again brought his own bowling ball.

From left: Tom Morello, Eddie Trunk, Wendy Dio, Jack Black, Geezer Butler, Steve Prziborowski
and Doug Aldrich (photo by Gene Kirkland)

Second place in the celebrity category went to the Round Hill Music Publishing sponsored team comprising musicians Marc Ferrari, Fred Coury, Brett Scallions, Richie Kotzen and Gilby Clarke and Round Hill’s Tami Lester. Third place went to the team comprising Damon Fox, Calico Cooper, Marty O’Brien, Chris Latham, Howie Simon and Jed Williams.

From left: Gilby Clarke, Fred Coury, Wendy Dio, Tami Lester, Marc Ferrari,
Richie Kotzen and Brett Scallions (Photo by Craig Newman)

From left: Damon Fox, Marty O’Brien, Calico Cooper, Wendy Dio and Chris Latham
(Photo by Craig Newman)

First place in the corporate team category went to Zappa Entertainment, propelled by siblings Ahmet and Diva Zappa, while second place went to the team from Metal Blade Records. The team from Rick Sales Entertainment took third place among the corporate teams.
Ahmet Zappa accepts his Zappa Entertainment team’s First Place Corporate Team trophy from Wendy Dio and Eddie Trunk. Also shown (from left): Holland Greco, Diva Zappa, Mike Mesker, Cole Lumpkin, and David Greico (Photo by Alex Kluft)


From left: Suzy Cole, Vince Edwards and Rita Haney celebrate Metal Blade Records’
2nd Place Corporate Team finish (Photo by Hannah Verbeuren for Metal Insider)

Rick Sales (right) accepts his team’s third place Corporate Team prize from Eddie Trunk and Wendy Dio
(Photo by Alex Kluft)

For the third year in a row, Dio Cancer Fund supporter Scott Courtright won the Dean Schachtel Award–named for the late Dio Cancer Fund board member–for the highest overall bowling score. (see full list of winners below)


Scott Courtright (center) flanked by Eddie Trunk and Wendy Dio takes home the Dean Schachtel Award for the highest individual bowling score for the third year in a row (Photo by Alex Kluft)

Lane sponsors included Agency for the Performing Arts, BMG Music Publishing, Capri Productions, Clair Global, CSA Patrol, Davies-Wegner Law, Eyellusion, Global Merchandising, InForm Fitness, Kapoor Medical, Metal Blade Records, Niji Entertainment Group Inc., Paradigm Talent Agency, PRG/VER, Rhino Entertainment, Rick Sales Entertainment, Round Hill Music Publishing, Siren Management, Upstaging, W3 Public Relations, Zappa Entertainment and Danny Zelisko Presents.

The Dio Cancer Fund presented a check for $61,000 to Dr. David Wong and his research team from the Dental Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles where they are developing a non-invasive saliva test for early cancer detection. This money will fund the gastric cancer research of team member Dr. Karolina Kaczor-Urbanowicz for the coming year. Dr. Wong believes this simple test will receive FDA approval and become available for medical use within the next two years. Information about Dr. Wong’s research is available here: http://hspp.ucla.edu/wonglab/


From left: Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Eddie Trunk, Dr. Karolina Kaczor-Urbanowicz, Wendy Dio and Dio Cancer Fund board members Paul Newman, Gino Columbo (for Kapoor Medical), Adam Parsons, Sabrina Ment, Sheila Melody and Sharon Weisz (Photo by Alex Kluft)

BOWL FOR RONNIE attendees were treated to an evening of fun, food, raffle drawings, and, of course, the bowling competition for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Dio Cancer Fund. 100% of the net proceeds from the BOWL FOR RONNIE will go to further the Dio Cancer Fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education (www.diocancerfund.org).


Among the prizes raffled off at the event
was a specially-designed bowling ball and
pin featuring the BOWL FOR RONNIE artwork
(photo by Craig Newman)

2018 BOWL FOR RONNIE winners are as follows:

1st place celebrity team – Eddie Trunk, Jack Black, Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, Adam Jones, Doug Aldrich and auction winner Steve Prziborowski

1st place corporate team – Zappa Entertainment
Ahmet Zappa, Diva Zappa, Holland Greco, Mike Mesker, Cole Lumpkin and David Greico

2nd place celebrity team – Marc Ferrari, Fred Coury, Brett Scallions, Richie Kotzen, Gilby Clarke and Tami Lester of Round Hill Publishing

2nd place corporate team – Metal Blade Records
Vince Edwards, Ryan Williams, Matthew Taylor, Dan Fitzgerald, Rita Haney and Suzy Cole

3rd place celebrity team – Damon Fox, Calico Cooper, Marty O’Brien, Chris Latham, Howie Simon and Jed Williams

3rd place corporate team – Rick Sales Entertainment
Rick Sales, Emma Humphreys, Larissa Giampaoli, Ernie Gonzalez, Sam Pascoe, Jen Jacobs-Anderson and AJ Anderson

Highest Overall Score/Dean Schachtel Award – Scott Courtright *third year in a row

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 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 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.

On behalf of the SUAS Board, Co-founder and President Wendy Dio would like to thank everyone who has so generously donated to the Dio Cancer Fund, as well as all of the musicians, celebrities and volunteers who continue to graciously donate their time and talent. Thanks to everyone who has participated in our events. We are so proud to be able to do our part to help put an end to this terrible disease.