Rock For Ronnie Concert in the Park Benefiting Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund Set for Sunday, May 7
The Rock For Ronnie Concert in the Park will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 7 at Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino, benefiting the.Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The Rock For Ronnie event, slated to be an afternoon of live rock music, silent and live auctions, food trucks and fun geared to the entire family, is the cancer charity’s first post-Covid event back in the park.
Hosted by radio and television personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s 103 Faction Talk channel, this first Rock For Ronnie event will kick off with Jason Charles Miller’s southern rock band and conclude with an All Star Band jam full of surprise appearances. Dio Disciples, comprising Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Ira Black, Terry Ilous and Dyna Shirasaki; the Return of…STEAMROLLER featuring members of The Dead Daisies, Dio and Whitesnake (Doug Aldrich, Brian Tichy, Michael Devin), performing Whitesnake songs; and The Atomic Punks, the Tribute to Early Van Halen, and will round out the afternoon’s lineup.
A silent auction with many exciting items available to bid on throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectibles, will be held from the stage between artist performances. Beer, wine, sodas and water will be available for sale, as well as delicious food from various food trucks, plus assorted vendor booths selling unusual crafts and other items.
Legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010, is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film Dio: Dreamers Never Die, which was released theatrically last fall and is now streaming on Showtime. The DVD and film soundtrack album will be available later this year.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was founded in memory of the late singer. A privately funded 501(c)(3) public charity, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised over $2 million since its inception. 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. Most recently, 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.
100 percent of the net proceeds from the Rock For Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund, which is now in its 13th year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer prevention, education and research for a cure. The organization’s next fund-raising event will be its annual Bowl for Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party is scheduled for November 16 at PINZ Bowling Center in Los Angeles.