The third annual Ride for Ronnie, a motorcycle rally and concert benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was held on May 7th. It drew many devoted friends and fans of the rocker who was the singer for Dio, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Elf.
Musicians Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Lita Ford and Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses) were some of the riders, who joined Wendy Dio to help raise money for cancer research in the name of Ronnie James Dio. The ride began at Harley Davidson of Glendale and rolled through the streets of Los Angeles County to it final stop at Los Encinos State Park.
There were many on hand to celebrate his legacy with music. Live entertainment in the park was provided by rockers LYNCH MOB, DIO DISCIPLES, STEVEN ADLER’S ALL STARS, ROUGH CUTT, EDDIE MONEY, THE LOVELESS, SONIA HARLEY and NO SMALL CHILDREN.
A definite highlight of the concert was ROUGH CUTT concluding their set with a performance of "Stars", the song released in 1986 by the organization known as Hear 'N Aid. They were joined on stage by Lita Ford, Ronnie’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein (The Rods) and Joe Retta (Dio Disciples) amongst others.
The rainy forecast didn’t deter fans from attending the event. There was a live auction and gourmet food trucks provided by Slammin’ Sliders, Greenz on Wheels, G’s Tacos, and Archie’s Ice Cream. Sponsors lending their continued support to the RIDE FOR RONNIE are Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers and Ninkasi Brewing Company. New sponsors to the event this year include Bigg Time Entertainment and LA’s rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS.
Wendy Dio along with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry. They have been investigating the development of a non-invasive saliva test that will help in determining early detection of cancer.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org) began in 2010 as a tribute to the memory of the late voice behind Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his own band Dio after Ronnie lost his hard-fought battle with gastric cancer. Since that time, the Dio Cancer Fund has raised more than $1 million for cancer research and education.
The Official Dio cancer Fund page is located here:
The photo album can be found here:
All Images © Joe Schaeffer Photography