THE GOOD APPLE GALA
CELEBRATES THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF OUR NETWORK AND PARTNERS
Each year, Louisiana Appleseed hosts a Good Apple Gala to celebrate the previous year's work performed. During the Good Apple Gala, Appleseed awards select volunteers who have risen above the typical pro bono commitment with a Pro Bono Good Apple Award. We also take a moment to celebrate pillars within our communities whose daily lives align with Louisiana Appleseed's mission to increase Access to Justice, Opportunity, and Education, with a Social Justice Good Apple Award.
Support for this annual event comes from general donations, event sponsorships, and through our Good Apple Donor-Members.
2020 GOOD APPLE GALA
Louisiana Appleseed will celebrate the 11th Annual Good Apple Gala at the NOPSI Hotel on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The cocktail reception event will toast the good works of five incredible individuals. Hover or click on the images below to learn more about the 2020 Good Apple Honorees. You can also download a pdf.
As the President & Chief Executive Officer, John Hairston puts into practice what he preaches. Hancock-Whitney has a mission to help people and businesses realize their financial goals and dreams. For many families in Louisiana and across the region, financial stability is rooted in establishing, sustaining, and transferring homeownership across generations. This goal is particularly difficult in the face of hurricanes on our shores each year. His support of programs that enable generational wealth through homeownership to continue even in the wake of disasters is the cornerstone for many in realizing financial goals and dreams. For these reasons, and so many more, we are humbled to have the opportunity to honor Mr. Hairston as a Louisiana Appleseed Good Apple.
As the President of The Helis Foundation, David Kerstein has provided incredible support to art communities. This support is a cornerstone of economic opportunity in our city’s cultural economy and advances the public’s access to and understanding of the arts in New Orleans. In particular, we commend the creation of a new program at Xavier University that will facilitate students toward a Master’s degree in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management at a Historically Black University. Providing pathways to economic growth and stability in the arts in New Orleans is a wealth building strategy that exemplifies what we support through our Access to Opportunity program.
Pro Bono Honorees
Jeannine A. Sullivan, a private attorney, has supported Louisiana Appleseed in immeasurable ways since our inception in 2007, and her incredible dedication as a volunteer spans multiple projects. Mrs. Sullivan served as the project leader for the Latino Access to Financial Institutions Project, highlighting best practices for financial institutions to reach the Latino immigrant population following Hurricane Katrina. Most notably, she created the Abuse Prevention through Education Project, advocating for and implementing a law requiring the dynamics of abusive relationships be taught in Louisiana public schools. Recently, Mrs. Sullivan created the Domestic Abuse Bench Card that was distributed across the state, ensuring that the most vital information was conveniently available for members of the judiciary providing justice to domestic violence survivors.
Salyria Gumms is the Managing Attorney for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in their Houma office. For over 30 years, Ms. Gumms has represented the poor and disenfranchised demonstrating a faithful dedication to the public interest and legal profession. Ms. Gumms and the SLLS Houma office worked tirelessly with Louisiana Appleseed on the “Protect Your Property Project” in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. She reached multiple residents in those parishes suffering from succession issues with vital information and resources from Louisiana Appleseed that would enable residents to keep their homes.
Representative Patricia Smith served 3 terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives. She is a constant advocate for judicial and educational reform in Louisiana. In the last two sessions, she has been a strong advocate for anti-lunch shaming issues and ensuring school children are fed, regardless of the ability to pay. Her dedication on these issues went above and beyond any possible expectations. Louisiana Appleseed will be proud to carry the torch in this issue for years to come.
Thank You to Our 2020 Gala Sponsors
Louisiana Appleseed Champions
Adams & Reese, LLP
Berger Companies, LLC
Fayard Law Firm
Herman Herman & Katz, LLC
Jones Walker, LLP
Pan-American Life Insurance Group
Smith Advocates, LLC
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, and Berkowitz
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC
Liskow & Lewis
Rebecca Maisel & the Republic National Distributing Company
Woodward Design+ Build
Association of Corporate Counsel
Baptist Community Ministries
Bourgeois Bennett, LLC
Mr. Harry Hardin
Juneau David, APLC
Kean Miller, LLP
Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas, Reed & Helm, LLC
Louisiana Association for Justice through its sister nonprofit entity
Bayou Research Institute
The Martzolf Group
Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, LLC
UBS Financial Group on behalf of Mr. Jack M. Weiss, III