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Joe DiMaggio Centennial Celebration

Oct 30, 2014 08:47PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Joe DiMaggio Centennial Celebration

A group of Martinez residents, in collaboration with members of the Sons of Italy of Diablo Valley, are kicking off the launch of the Hometown Hero Project, with a celebration of the100th birthday of Martinez’s favorite son, Joe DiMaggio. Proceeds from the Centennial Celebration event will benefit the restoration of the Joltin’ Joe, a boat given to Mr. DiMaggio by the New York Yankees in 1949 and subsequently donated to the City of Martinez in 1991.

The centennial birthday bash will take place on Tuesday, November 18, at the Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd. in Martinez. The event will start with a social hour at 5:30pm, followed by a catered Italian dinner at 6:30pm. The celebration will also include live music of the era, an auction of rare Joe DiMaggio memorabilia, a silent auction, and a cake auction.

“The boat is almost near completion,” says John Wendt, Sons of Italy member. “Working with the Carpenters Local 152, we’ve put in nearly 3,000 hours of volunteer time to restore the boat and are excited to soon present the Joltin’ Joe in its full glory to the citizens of Martinez.”

Helping spearhead the Hometown Hero Project is Martinez Councilmember Lara DeLaney. “I am amazed at all the work, love and dedication these men have contributed to this project,” says DeLaney. “The city was given a valuable piece of history, and it needs to be showcased and preserved in a museum—a Joe DiMaggio museum.”

The cost to attend the Centennial Celebration event is $56 per person, $100 per couple; checks payable to "Joltin’ Joe Restoration Trust Fund."  Send to Centennial Celebration, P.O. Box 51, Martinez, CA 94553 before November 13, 2014.  For reservations and more information, contact Sons of Italy member Anne Mobley at 925-788-8824.