Photos: The Ronnie James Dio Awards Gala at the Playboy Mansion

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund held its first annual Awards Gala on November 1. The event will took place at the Playboy Mansion, and Dio’s former bandmate Geezer Butler, as well as Rita Haney, long-time girlfriend of the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, were honored. The event also included a silent auction, hosted by That Metal Show cohost and radio personality Eddie Trunk, as well as a performance by Asia, featuring John Payne. To find out more about the cancer fund, or to donate to it, click here. Check out photos from the event, taken by Gene Kirkland,  as well as the foundation’s honorees below.

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Honoring:

Tony Martell
Founder, T.J. Martell Foundation
Man On The Silver Mountain Award

Mike Carden
President, North America, Eagle Rock Entertainment
Rainbow In The Dark Award

Geezer Butler
Bassist, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell
King Of Rock n’ Roll Award

Sandeep Kapoor, M.D.
Medical Director/Co-Founder, Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund
Sacred Heart Award

Danny Zelisko
Presisent, Danny Zelisko Presents
Killing The Dragon Award

Rita Haney
Founder/Widow, Dimebash (In Memory of Dimebag Darrell)


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  • Getchlycritter

    RIP Dimebag and John Lennon who was gunned down on this day in 1980. What a waste. Atleast we have their music. I never knew Halford and Dimebag worked together, that is truly awesome. Now I need to make a razor blade necklace. F*cking cool. Rock on!!