The 2023 BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Charity Bowling Tournament was a HUGE success. Held at Pinz Bowling Center, 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California, 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 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. For more information, visit: www.diocancerfund.org
The Sold out event was packed with some of music’s biggest stars all helping to raise funds for cancer research.
The evening also marked inaugurating the new Steve Strange Award to be given to the individual celebrity bowler with the highest overall bowling score. This new award will join the Dean Schachtel Award, named for the late Dio Cancer Fund board member, which has been awarded each year to the individual bowler with the highest overall score. All of the trophies and medals awarded this year bore Steve Strange’s photo as a further tribute to him. The life of the late Steve Strange, one of the founding partners of international live music agency, X-Ray. Steve Strange was a legendary figure within the music industry, personally representing Eminem, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Snow Patrol, Alice in Chains, Jimmy Eat World, Kodaline Rob Zombie and countless other artists during his more than 30-year industry career. Strange’s company, X-Ray Touring, sponsored a bowling lane at the BOWL FOR RONNIE as a gathering place to honor his life and legacy.
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