The Labouré Center in South Boston has been providing valuable family services to the neighborhood since 1907! On Thursday, April 27th, from 5:30pm-8:30pm, the Labouré Spring Reception will take place at The Exchange, 212 Northern Ave., and it’s a great way to show your support to this amazing organization.
This year, the Jack Shaughnessy Service Award Honoree is none other than Southie’s own Tom Tinlin!
Within and beyond South Boston, Tom has been instrumental in the success of countless programs and projects that have enriched the lives of others. In South Boston sports, Tom coached girls’ soccer and was one of the founders of the South Boston Girls’ Softball League. He has previously sat on the Board of the South Boston Neighborhood House. Appointed by Governor Charlie Baker, Tommy presently is a member of the Board of The Children’s Trust, whose mission is to end child abuse in the Commonwealth.
Appointed by Mayor Martin Walsh, Tom serves on the Board of Zoo New England, which oversees the Stone and Franklin Park Zoos. Tom has been President, Clerk and is presently Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the City of Boston Credit Union. Whenever there is a local “time” you’re likely to see Tom there! He volunteers for the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, Annual South Boston Street Festival, and Boston Collegiate Charter School (his children’s alma mater). Tom has graciously hosted and served as auctioneer for many local fundraisers, including the Catholic Charities Laboure Center Spring Reception as well as SBNH, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Boston Irish Honors, and Colin’s Joy Project.
Tom and his wife Heather are lifelong South Bostonians who have raised two wonderful children, Thomas and Grace, in whom they have instilled a love for their neighborhood and city. Tom grew up in a household where his parents exemplified and taught him the importance of loyalty and giving back. These early values went on to shape Tom’s life.
More from the Labouré on why they are honoring Tom:
Like so many who love and admire Tommy, we were greatly concerned when Tom faced a major health crisis in recent years. Tom is a two-time brain aneurysm survivor. It is truly a miracle that he is alive. After three brain surgeries in the last six years, Tom chose to get involved to spread awareness, advocacy, and support. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation(BAF). Founded 30 years ago in Boston, BAF is the largest funder of private brain aneurysm research in the world. Tom and his family started the Tinlin Family 18for18 (an aneurysm ruptures every 18min) to benefit the BAF in 2018. The golf tournament continues to grow. After this year’s tournament, the gross amount raised for research, advocacy, and support will be over $1 million.
Tom has been an integral supporter of Laboure Center’s mission for many years. It was evident to all
when our 275 West Broadway building was dedicated on October 4, 2002, that it would not have
happened without Tom’s hard work and support. As a member of Mayor Tom Menino’s team, he was
instrumental in solving any issue and helping Labouré to work through the arduous process of
addressing neighborhood needs while undertaking a massive construction project. The $1.5 million
donated by the city’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation was integral to the success of
this new venture. This financial support from the city – coupled with $8 million, including funds raised by Catholic Charities Laboure Center and an exceptionally generous contribution from Jack and Mary Shaughnessy – truly made a dream come true for Labouré Center and those we serve. Tom has been essential to the success of Laboure Center’s Boston Business Breakfasts, which first featured Mayor Tom Menino and later Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker. Tom has been dedicated to quietly advising people in positions of power for many years. He believes that good politics is good government. Tom has been a publicly vocal champion for Laboure Center – as our much-loved auctioneer – and often, more importantly, behind the scenes helping Laboure Center to make connections with potential benefactors or individuals and organizations who can assist us in helping those in need.
We can’t think of a better guy more deserving of this prestigious award!
In addition to honoring Tom, there will be a raffle and lots of silent and live auction items, including:
- A Las Vegas Getaway
- A Private Cooking Class with Executive Chef Joel Howard of Publico
- A Weeklong Attitash Mountain Vacation
- P!NK and Morgan Wallen Concerts at Fenway
- Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots Experiences
- For Golf Lovers – Fabulous Clubs, Courses, and Tournaments
There will also be complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $125 and for a great cause!
You can purchase tickets online here or by phone at 617-464-8024.
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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