Annual Tribute Event: Building Community

Sunday, April 8 2018, 5:30 pm

Annual Tribute Event: Building Community Image


Honoring Marilyn Okonow and Karen and Gilbert Winn

Event Co-Chairs: Jim Kutchin and Wendy Perlman
Honorary Co-Chairs: Katie and Seth Rosenzweig, Sandy and Jack Swartz, Arthur Winn, Deanna and Sidney Wolk

Host Committee in formation. Click here to sign up for the Host Committee.

Sponsorships available. Click here to view sponsorship forms.

Interested in attending? Click here for individual tickets and tributes. 

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For more information, please call 617-523-2324 or email

Marilyn Okonow is currently Vice President of the Board of the Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture. She has held leadership positions in all aspects of the organization, including marketing, programming and development. An avid genealogist, she co-founded the Vilna Shul Genealogical Project and was instrumental in locating 500 living descendants of the original founders of the Vilna. She leads a chorus for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers at JF&CS, and is the Outreach Coordinator for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Marilyn and her husband Dale have two grown children, Hannah and Ben.

The great grandson of a Vilna founder, Gilbert J. Winn is the Chief Executive Officer of WinnCompanies, an award-winning multifamily housing development and management company operating in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in Boston in 1971, WinnCompanies manages more than 100,000 apartments nationwide, including affordable, senior, mixed-income, market rate, military and mixed use housing. Gil leads the company’s strategic vision for growth on behalf of 3,000 employees. He is active in many local charities and is a member of Vilna’s Board of Directors, serving on the Building Committee. Gil graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts studying History and Psychology.  He resides on Beacon Hill with his wife, Karen, and two children.

Karen Winn is an adult nurse practitioner and writer based in Boston. She sits on the Board of Directors and the Program Committee at the Vilna. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Masters of Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  As a clinician, she works with Life Line Community Health Care mobile unit, administering preventative health care services across New England. As a writer, Karen is currently completing her first novel and serves on the Board of the Writers’ Room of Boston. 

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