Steven Adler Band Headlines Charity Motorcycle Ride For Ronnie Dio




Ride For Ronnie Photo by PG Brunelli
Ride For Ronnie Photo by PG Brunelli

By DONNA BALANCIA

Steven Adler’s All-Star Band will headline the fourth annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert on Sunday, May 6.

The annual event raises awareness and money for cancer research.

In addition to Adler’s band, performers include Dio Disciples; Beasto Blanco (featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper); One More From the Road (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band); A Classless Act (featuring Slash’s son, London); and Railgun. The concert in Encinos Park will be hosted by radio and television personality Eddie Trunk.

Ride For Ronnie 2018
Steven Adler’s All-Star Band from last year – Photo by PG Brunelli

Presented by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, motorcycle enthusiasts ride from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Los Encinos Park in Encino to raise money for cancer research.

Ride For Ronnie 2017

Riders assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and  kickstands go up at 11 AM. The ride motorcycle participants around the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where the concert will be held.

Ride For Ronnie - Photo by Gene Kirkland
Ride For Ronnie – Photo by Gene Kirkland

Last year’s lineup included Mike Devin (Whitesnake), Lita Ford, Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), Patrick Stone (Budderside) and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner and former Dio guitarist). The 2017 event raised more than $40,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund.

In addition to the ride and concert, there will also be a silent auction, and other activities. Beer, wine, soda and water will be available for sale and there will be food trucks.

Sponsors supporting Ride For Ronnie include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Graffiti Wines, Archie’s Ice Cream and radio station 95.5 KLOS.

For information and tickets, please visit http://diocancerfund.org/events/

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Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director Dr. Sandy Kapoor (center) and Wendy Dio present $25,000 check to Dr. David Wong for his cancer research at UCLA’s School of Dentistry at 2017 Ride – Photo by Gene Kirkland

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org) was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010. It is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity and is said to have raised more than $2 million since its inception.

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.

Lita Ford and Wendy Dio at 2017 Ride For Ronnie event - Photo by Craig Newman
Lita Ford and Wendy Dio at 2017 Ride For Ronnie event – Photo by Craig Newman

Money raised has 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.

Ride For Ronnie Schedule of Events:

Rider check-in and on-site registration:

Continental breakfast will be held at Harley Davidson of Glendale from 9 AM to 10:45 AM

Kickstands up:
11 AM

Rally and live concert:

Los Encinos State Historic Park, 11:45 AM to 5 PM

Pre-Registration Prices:

$30 per rider (includes concert admission)
$10 per passenger (includes concert admission)
$20 concert admission only

Day of Event Prices:

$35 per rider (includes concert admission)
$15 per passenger (includes concert admission)
$25 concert admission only

Video of Ronnie Dio courtesy of Bruno Moreira