From left are Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund medical director/co-founder Dr. Sandeep Kapoor (who received the Sacred Heart Award); Mike Carden; Danny Zelisko; Gloria Butler, wife and manager of Black Sabbath bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler; Stand Up and Shout founder/president Wendy Dio; "That Metal Show" host Eddie Trunk (recipient of the Long Live Rock 'N Roll Award); Geezer Butler (who took the King of Rock 'N Roll Award); and Rita Haney, widow of guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (winner of the Stand Up and Shout accolade). (Photo: Gene Kirkland)
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund hosted its inaugural awards gala Nov. 1 at none other than Los Angeles' Playboy Mansion to raise funds for its cancer prevention initiatives, which will be turned over to the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research. Awards that were named after Ronnie James Dio songs were presented to such industry members as Eagle Rock Entertainment president for North America Mike Carden (who received the Rainbow in the Dark Award) and Danny Zelisko Presents president Danny Zelisko (who received the Killing the Dragon Award). Both executives are cancer survivors.
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