Fifth Annual “Bowl for Ronnie” Bowling Party Raises More Than $50,000 for Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
Standing Room Only Event Hosted by Broadcast Personality Eddie Trunk Attracts Rockers, Celebrities and World’s #1 Bowler to Raise Awareness and Funds for Cancer Charity
The Fifth Annual BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), was held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. Once again sold out in advance, the event raised more than $50,000 for the music-based cancer charity.
Over 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 Volume channel and whose TV series TrunkFest airs on AXS-TV. Also joining the festivities this year was the number one bowler in the world-Professional Bowling Association world champion Jason Belmonte, who bowled a ceremonial strike to open the celebrity competition and show the crowd “how it’s done.”
This year’s attendees included Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses, Adler’s Appetite), Dennis Atlas (Rock the Vault), Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, I Am Morbid), Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill), Phil Buckman (Fuel, Petty Cash), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Jason Cornwell and Jimmy Burkard of Westbound, Fred Coury (Cinderella), Art Cruz (Lamb of God), Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, Machine Head), Jeff Dewbray, Logan Nikolic and Patrick Stone of Budderside, Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, DC4), Matt and Shawn Duncan of DC4, Bjorn Englen (Dio), Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat), David “Rock” Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Damon Fox (The Cult), Granny 4 Barrel, Marc Malsegna, Jared Pease and Chase Potter of the bandGranny 4 Barrel, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Rita Haney, Sonia Harley, Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs), Frank Kramer (KLOS), actor/musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Dave “Chili” Moreno (Westbound, Puddle of Mudd), Todd Morse (Offspring, Petty Cash), Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church), Sadie Nardini (Sadie and the Tribe), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne), Ronald Osbourne, Cat Burglar and Slayer MacCheeze of Mac Sabbath, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio, Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4), Gonzo and Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Quiet Riot), Brett Scallions (Fuel), Pete Shoulder and Daniel Spree of Silverthorne, Steve Smyth (One Machine, Testament), Ernie Snair (The Loveless), Michael Spencer (Flotsam & Jetsam), Rufus Taylor (The Darkness), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Marq Torien (Bullet Boys), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Scott Warren (Dio), Chas West (Westbound, Bonham), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach), Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Roy Z (Westbound, Halford), August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung), actors Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy), Al Coronel (The Last Ship), Frankie Loyal (Mayans MC), James St. Vincent (Being, The Depths) and Susan Olsen, best known as Cindy Brady on the Brady Bunch, Sirius XM Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and comedy stars Jeff Ross and Whitney Cummings. DJ Will, as he does every year, rocked the VIP pre-party music.
Also attending was eBay auction winner Dan Hayes of Stamford, CT, who was the winning bidder to play on Eddie Trunk’s celebrity team that comprised Steven Adler, Geezer Butler, Dave Grohl and Brent Woods. The winning bidder of the KLOS-FM Radio eBay auction James Helgager joined their team that included Frank Kramer of the Frosty, Heidi and Frank morning show, David “Rock” Feinstein, Blasko, “Biggest Legal Eagle Metal Fan” Sweet James Bergener and comedy’s Roastmaster General Jeff Ross.
The 5th Annual Bowl For Ronnie took place at PINZ Bowling Alley in Studio City, CA on Thursday, November 7th. Another Sold Out event saw a ton of musicians, celebrities and the #1 Bowler in the world show up in support of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
The event was again Hosted by Ronnie’s Wife, Wendy Dio and MC’d by Sirius XM’s, Eddie Trunk. Eddie again put together a star studded team to try and defend the title of highest average bowling score that he and his gang won last year. This year’s team consisted of Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Steven Adler (Guns N Roses) , and Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach) as well as the Auction Winner who bid to play on Eddie’s team
Before the pins stared crashing, Wendy Dio took center stage (lane) to present Dr. David Wong (Associate Dean of Research and the Director of the UCLA Center for Oral/Head and Neck Research) with a check for $25,000 on behalf of the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Foundation.
To get the bowling festivities started, The World’s #1 Bowler, Australian, Jason Belmonte said a few words before throwing the first strike of the evening.
With that, the crowds amassed around the celebrity filled lanes to see who would take home the title. Although Eddie’s team made a good showing, the title this year went to Fuel Bassist, Phil Buckman’s Team that included, Todd Morse (Todd’s Planet), Greg D’Angelo (White Lion), Terry Ilous (XYZ), Damon Fox (The Cult) and Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies).
The event included a raffle, Ronnie James Dio merchandise, much mingling and it was all kicked off with a walk down the Red Carpet.
2019 Bowl For Ronnie Video by Ann Sunde