Earlier today (Friday, November 5), Rita Haney — longtime girlfriend of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott — presented a donation of over ten thousand dollars raised from last week's Dimebash 2010 event to Wendy Dio (legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio's wife/manager) in Studio City, California for the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, a charity in memory of Ronnie James Dio to help find a cure for stomach cancer, which took his life in May of 2010.
Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with Haney and Wendy Dio at today's check presentation. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Created by Wendy, the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund is committed to the early detection and prevention of cancer through facilitating access to medical screening and medical educational programs. The fund supports programs designed to integrate medical knowledge into local communities such as cancer screening programs, education on nutrition in cancer prevention, exercise and overall wellness. The goal of the fund is to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening cancers by offering access to preventative medical services. Furthering the commitment for patients to access to quality medical care related to cancer, the fund seeks to assist families burdened by the cost of caring for loved ones with cancer.
Dimebash 2010 was held in honor of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on October 29, 2010 at the world-famous Key Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. The all-star lineup that shared the stage included hard rock and heavy metal titans: Lemmy of MOTÖRHEAD; Dave Grohl of FOO FIGHTERS; Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT and ROB ZOMBIE; Simon Wright from DIO; Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of SHINEDOWN; Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of SLAYER; Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of MACHINE HEAD; Chuck Billy from TESTAMENT; Chris Howorth and Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT; Joey Vera of ARMORED SAINT; Tony Campos of STATIC-X; Gerry Nestler of PHILM; John Boecklin of DEVILDRIVER. This sold-out night was hosted by radio/television personality Jose Mangin, a veteran of several Dimebag events.
Photo galleries from Dimebash 2010 event can be found by following the links below:
Check out video footage from Dimebash 2010 at this location.
Photo below courtesy of Metal Assault