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.
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.