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Bain Capital partner Jonathan Lavine to receive Anti-Defamation League community service award

The Anti-Defamation League of New England said it would honor Bain Capital partner and philanthropist Jonathan Lavine with its 2012 Distinguished Community Service Award at a dinner event Wednesday night.

Lavine is managing partner and investment chief at Bain’s Sankaty Advisors, a debt investment group he founded in 1997 and which oversees $19 billion.

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ADL said it was honoring Lavine at its 100th year event in Boston for his “immense civic leadership and influence to affect positive change in our community.” The Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism and works broadly for civil rights.

Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, have a nonprofit foundation and back a number of groups devoted to youth and Jewish causes. Most notably, they have have given multi-million-dollar gifts to City Year, a nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students at risk of dropping out.

Lavine was also a major bundler and financial supporter of President Obama in his re-election bid. The keynote speaker at the awards event was slated to be Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and senior adviser to the Obama campaign.

Beth Healy can be reached at bhealy@globe.com.
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