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Moakley Award Recipient Jim Rooney to be Honored by SBCA

     James E. Rooney, MCCA Executive Director will receive the Association’s 2006 John Joseph Moakley Outstanding Citizen Award, for his tireless efforts towards the betterment of South Boston. These include, his leadership in charitable and community causes, and his continuous support of neighborhood, civic, arts and educational groups in South Boston.

     Bare remarked, “Each year we face the tremendous task of awarding the John Joseph Moakley Award for Outstanding Citizenship, not because it is hard to find someone to award it to, but because we have so many people that work hard for this community and rightfully deserve to be acknowledged. Jim Rooney’s leadership does not stop at all the great work he does on behalf of  the MCCA but continues on to the volunteerism that Jim exhibits throughout the entire South Boston neighborhood.”

     Jim Rooney’s South Boston family, including his ten brothers and parents, Peg and Fred Rooney, are well known for their contributions to the community.   During his career in public service, Rooney has not forgotten his roots, whether at the MBTA, the Central Artery Project, at the Mayor’s Office or in his current position, Jim has always kept the interests of his hometown in mind including hiring many residents of his native South Boston and many high school and college students for internships and summer jobs. 

At the MCCA in particular, Rooney has worked to ensure that South Boston residents are aware of opportunities at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and has made it a priority that the host community of South Boston shares in the building’s success.  At Rooney’s direction, convention center contractors have held job fairs specifically targeted to the South Boston community.

     Rooney has opened up the new convention center to a number of local non-profits for fundraisers and events, including the Gate of Heaven, the Cushing/Gavin House, the South Boston Community Health Center and the South Boston Youth Soccer League.  Under Rooney’s leadership, the MCCA is a regular sponsor of a wide variety of neighborhood non-profits including the Laboure, the Marion Manor, and Julie’s Family Learning Center.

     Rooney sits on the Board of Directors for the South Boston Neighborhood House, Friends of the Fort Point Channel, and the Artery Business Committee.  Throughout his adult life, he has volunteered with many South Boston neighborhood organizations and has coached South Boston Little League, South Boston Babe Ruth League, South Boston Youth Soccer League and South Boston Youth Hockey League.  He was also a CYO Basketball and Softball coach.  He has a volunteered at the Archdiocese of Boston Interparish Track Meet, is a member of John W. McCormick Civic Association.  He serves on the advisory board of the South Boston Collaborative. 

     Rooney  also supports the local arts community by allowing works from the South Boston Arts Association and Artists for Humanity to hang in the new convention center.  Additionally, Rooney has helped many South Boston students with their college applications and has advised families on the process.  Rooney again demonstrated his generosity to community last year by donating computers to the Michael J. Perkins School and sponsoring a boat trip for students.   

     Rooney attended Boston Latin School and graduated as President of his class and winner of the National Honor Society Leadership Award.  He has a BA in Economics from Harvard College and attended the Boston University School of Management.  Jim and his wife Maryanne reside in Dorchester and have three children. 

     “Jim was an easy choice for this prestigious award; he selflessly extends himself at a moments notice. Jimmy has been a familiar face in this community for his entire life. At any given time, you will find Jim is behind the scenes helping out at receptions, benefits, and auctions for the benefit of the South Boston Community.” Bare added.

     The SBCA’s Award, was renamed as the John Joseph Moakley  Award for Outstanding Citizenship several years ago, a tribute to South Boston’s most outstanding citizen, the late Congressman “Joe” Moakley.

     The award will be presented at the Association’s annual Evacuation Day Banquet, to be held on Friday evening, March 17, at the BCEC. State Senator Jack Hart is this year’s Banquet Chairman.

     “It gives me great pleasure to announce these awards,” said Bare. “Jim Rooney is a truly dedicated and committed individual who has contributed so much in his own unique way. It is more than fitting for the Citizens’ Association, and the South Boston community, to honor his contributions.”

     Bare cautioned, “Tickets sales have been brisk for this year’s 126th Annual Banquet, and usually pick up after the award announcements. I urge all those interested in attending, to place their ticket requests as early as possible.”  For more info, contact Ticket Chairperson Pauline Bare, at 617-817-5862 or email mail@southbostoncitizens.org.

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