The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is auctioning off nearly 100 donated guitars signed by your favorite musicians. In other news, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend launched their new charity Teen Cancer America earlier this week.
The guitars will be up for grabs to the highest bidders as part of the 2012 Icons and Idols Rock ‘N’ Roll Auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif.
There’s something for just about every type of music fan including instruments signed by acts including Eddie Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, the Alice Cooper Band, Jonas Brothers and one guitar signed by Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.
You can also bid on a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar created by DBZ Guitars or three guitars hand painted by the elephants of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project in Thailand. Or maybe you’d like to own an ESP acoustic electric guitar signed by “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson.
Proceeds benefit the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which was funded with the mission of cancer prevention, research and education in memory of the Dio/Rainbow/Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell singer, who died of gastric cancer in 2010.
Online bidding is ongoing now. The live auction begins Dec. 1.
For more information visit JuliensAuctions.com or DioCancerFund.org.
Two other rockers doing their part to fight cancer are The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. This week the duo announced their new charity Teen Cancer America, following more than a decade of work with the Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.K.
Teen Cancer America was established to provide support to teenagers and young adults with cancer between the ages of 13-24. The charity will work with hospitals “to create facilities, develop support programs and raise awareness during treatment and beyond.”
The Who members announced in early November that they will be raising money to renovate a section of the pediatric floor at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles so patients who are teens and young adults can have their own space.
For more information visit TeenCancerAmerica.org.