Photo above: 2016 Joe DiMaggio Celebration Dinner Honoree, Mariano Rivera (center) with Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello (left), and Columbus Citizens Foundation President Angelo Vivolo (right).
This year marks the 17th 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 Mariano Rivera, former Major League Baseball player and Yankee closer. He is regarded within baseball as one of the most dominant relievers in MLB history. Rivera has also been involved in philanthropic causes throughout his career and within his organization, the Mariano Rivera Foundation. He plans to dedicate his retirement years to continue helping others. He has already provided health clinics for children and rescue vehicles in under served areas.
The Trustees of the Joe DiMaggio Estate have entrusted CCF President Angelo Vivolo with helping to organize this event for over 15 years. Mr. Vivolo has been the lead organizer since 2014 when he first held the dinner at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse as a fundraising event for the Foundation's scholarship program. Mr. Vivolo co-hosted this year’s ceremony with Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello and his organization, Futures in Education of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The event was held at the Metropolitan Club on East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue on May 5th. Ed Randall, longtime baseball radio and TV personality, presided as Master of Ceremonies. Rivera was awarded a beautiful, custom-made, full-size, glass bat inscribed to mark the occasion.
All net proceeds from this year's event were shared between the two organizations’ respective scholarship programs.
Photos from the event are available at JoeDimaggio.Shutterfly.com.