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The fifth annual Joe DiMaggio Award Gala will honor singer-songwriter Paul Simon on Monday, May 17. The star-studded event is a dual benefit for Xaverian High School, in Bay Ridge, and the Loyola School, in Manhattan. The singer-songwriter memorialized "Joltin’ Joe" in his song "Mrs. Robinson": "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio/A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo woo woo)/ What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson/J­oltin’ Joe has left and gone away/Hey hey hey hey hey hey."

Music producer Phil Ramone, who won a Grammy with Simon in 1975 for the album, "Still Crazy After All These Years," will present the DiMaggio award to him. Previous DiMaggio Award honorees include Henry Kissinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Rudy Giuliani and Regis Philbin.

Jim Ryan, anchor of Fox-5’s "Good Day, New York," will return to serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The gala, which also features a silent auction of DiMaggio memorabilia, will begin at 6 pm with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the award ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave. between 49th and 50th streets in Manhattan. Tickets are $500. For more information, call (718) 836-7100, ext. 119, or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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