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DIO CANCER FUND ANNOUNCES 2020 GALA
12/13/19

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with an Awards Gala on 2/20 in 2020. The event will take place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and will recognize honorees who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. 

The vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio with his live band Dio, who performed with him for his last 17 years, will provide the entertainment for the Gala. Local rockers Sadie & the Tribe will also perform, and the evening will include a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle of luxury items and entertainment memorabilia. VIP attendees will be treated to a gourmet dinner with wine pairings.

Eight awards named after songs written by Dio will be presented to the following honorees:

Holy Diver Award: Honoring Rhino Entertainment/Warner Music Group executives Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music & Arts Music, Warner Music Group; Mark Pinkus, President, Rhino Entertainment & U.S. Catalog; Jason Day, VP, A&R, Rhino Entertainment; Jason Elzy, VP, Communications & Marketing, Rhino Entertainment; and Brian Dodd, Manager, Global Artist Brand Management, Rhino Entertainment

Killing the Dragon Award: Laura Heatherly, CEO, T.J. Martell Foundation, which is dedicated to funding innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer

King of Rock ‘n Roll AwardBarry Drinkwater, Executive Chairman, Global Merchandise Services Ltd.

Magica Award: Wyn Davis, Dio’s longtime recording engineer and Owner of Total Access recording studios  

Master of the Moon Award: Honoring BMG executives Thomas Scherer, EVP, Repertoire & Marketing L.A., Global Writer Services & China; Michael Kachko, SVP, Catalog Recordings; Jeff Christian, Director, Catalog; and Kathy Rivkin Daum, Senior Director, Films

Rainbow in the Dark AwardMikeal Maglieri, owner of the Rainbow Bar and Grill and Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip

Sacred Heart AwardDr. David Wong, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UCLA School of Dentistry and Director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research 

Stand Up and Shout Award: Jeff Pezzuti, CEO of Eyellusion, creators of the Dio Returns! hologram

For tickets go here

Photo: PG Brunelli