The 6th Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, planned for Sunday, May 17, 2020, has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The annual event benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org) is comprised of a Motorcycle Ride originating at Harley-Davidson of Glendale followed by an afternoon of live music at Los Encinos Park in Encino. Los Encinos Park is run by the Parks Department of the State of California, who have cancelled all park events for the next two months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“While I am disappointed at having to postpone what has become an annual tradition for our organization, we also need to keep our beloved audience and supporters safe during this unprecedented global situation,” says Wendy Dio, Founder/President of the Dio Cancer Fund. “We were on the verge of announcing the exciting lineup we had confirmed for this year’s RIDE when the overwhelming concerns over the current health crisis made it abundantly clear that we could not go forward with our plans. We are exploring the possibility of rescheduling for some time in the fall.”
The organization’s 6th Annual Bowl for Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party is scheduled for November 12 at PINZ Bowling Center in Los Angeles.
For those who have purchased tickets to the 2020 Ride for Ronnie, refunds are currently being issued.
Watch a video wrap-up of the 2019 RIDE FOR RONNIE here:
Watch Rolling Stone.com‘s coverage of Dave Grohl as part of Eddie Trunk’s All Star Band at the 2019 RIDE FOR RONNIE here:
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. 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. Since 2016, 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.