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  Monday, March 2, 2015
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Neighborhood House Honorees
By Rick Winterson

     The annual fundraising auction that benefits the South Boston Neighborhood House is one of the most anticipated “Southie times”.  Each year, the Neighborhood House honors key supporters in a brief ceremony that takes place between the cocktail hour and the live auction.

     Jim Jensen will receive the 2006 John T. “Doc” Tynan Award.  He helped develop and then became the General Manager of the Bank of America Pavilion owned by Don Law.  Recently, Jensen was given responsibility as the Executive Director of Boston’s Live Nation Theaters, which include the marvelous new Opera House.

     Jensen has always been a strong supporter of the Neighborhood House.  In particular, he throws open the Pavilion to the “Ollie” Road Race in the fall.  Not only is the “Ollie” a major fundraiser for the Neighborhood house, it is also a benchmark race in the New England area.  The Pavilion is an essential facility in running the “Ollie”, and Jensen spares neither time nor resources to ensure that the race goes well.

     Jensen and his wife, Deborah, have twin children, Nathan and Rachel, both of whom are sophomores in college.

     Putnam Investments will receive this year’s Olivia James Award, which is given each year to organizations that are Neighborhood House supporters.  Putnam’s Boston-based employee committee selected the Neighborhood House to receive a “YouthPartners” grant.  This has allowed the Neighborhood House to set up youth-serving programs, offer summer jobs to young people, and open up a variety of educational activities.

     Margaret Leipsitz, Putnam’s Senior Vice President and Community Relations Manager, will accept the award on behalf of her firm.  She develops and manages companywide community relations programs for Putnam.  Leipsitz previously worked for the Boston Foundation, JFK Library, and the Children’s Museum.

     She resides in Newton with her husband, Matthew Yarmolinsky, and her children, Hannah and Louis. 

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Jim Jensen, "Doc" Tynan Award recipient.

Jim Jensen, "Doc"

Tynan Award recipient.

Mrgaret Leipsitz, SVP at Putnam Investments.

Margaret Leipsitz, SVP

at Putnam Investments.