DBZ Guitars donates a custom built guitar auctioned off for the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up and Shout" cancer fund held this past August. The fund raiser was hosted by the Las Vegas based Aces and Ales Pub, owned by Alice Cooper guitarist, Keri Kelli. The DBZ guitar received the largest purse of the event with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the fund.
The custom-built Dean B. Zelinsky guitar features a one of a kind, engraved body with a portrait of Ronnie James Dio, the Dio logo, ornate leaf work and is inscribed with "In Loving Memory of Ronnie James Dio." The guitar itself is made up of a mahogany body, maple top, mahogany neck, ebonized fingerboard board, nickel plated hardware and a Floyd Rose bridge.
All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up and Shout" cancer fund. The monies go to cancer research, screenings and programs. In addition, funds also go to helping families that have loved ones suffering from the disease. Along with the DBZ Guitar, other items for auction were donated by Fender Musical Instruments, Kiss, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, and Sierra Nevada.
The career of musician Ronnie James Dio spanned over 50 years fronting bands such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Heaven and Hell. In 1985, Dio founded the charity project Hear’n Aid with an ensemble of heavy metal all stars, to raise money and awareness for famine relief in Africa. The Hear’n Aid album generated over $1 million within its first year. Born July 10, 1942, Dio past away from stomach cancer on May 16, 2010.
To learn more, go to dbzguitars.com