This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Joe DiMaggio Award, established in 1999 in memory of baseball legend, and Hall of Famer, the “Yankee Clipper,” Joe DiMaggio. The night’s Honoree was Bernie Williams, former Major League Baseball player and Yankee switch hitter and center fielder. He is also renowned as a classical guitarist and for his philanthropy, especially with regards to children in the musical arts.
The Trustees of the Joe DiMaggio Estate have entrusted CCF Board Chairman Angelo Vivolo with organizing the event since 2014. Mr. Vivolo once again co-hosted this year’s ceremony with fellow Member, Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello and his organization, Futures in Education.
The event was held at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse. Longtime baseball radio and TV personality, Ed Randall, presided as Master of Ceremonies.
Williams was awarded a beautiful, custom-made, full-size, glass bat inscribed to mark the occasion. All net proceeds from the event were shared between the two organizations’ respective scholarship programs.