Updated: Sep 10, 2020


CONTACT: Adrienne Wheeler 504-561-7312; awheeler@louisianaappleseed.org

December 6, 2019, New Orleans, LA – Louisiana Appleseed's 11th Annual Good Apple Gala at the NOPSI Hotel on January 23, 2020 will be gilded by five incredible honorees. The event will celebrate the work of community members and pro bono volunteers with whom Louisiana Appleseed has worked within the past year.

Louisiana Appleseed's work leverages the power of a pro bono network of attorneys, but also celebrates the good work community members do during their regular work in Louisiana. The event will celebrate the good works of John Hairston, CEO/President of Hancock-Whitney Bank; and David Kerstein, President of The Helis Foundation. Mr. Hairston's ability to mobilize a corporate bank to support of programs that enable generational wealth through homeownership even in the wake of disasters is the cornerstone for many in realizing financial goals and dreams. Mr. Kerstein's work through The Helis Foundation has provided pathways to economic growth and stability in New Orleans' cultural economy is a wealth building strategy that animates Appleseed's mission to create Access to Opportunity. Both are community members who have personified Louisiana Appleseed's mission to solve problems at their root cause by creating Access to Justice, Opportunity, and Education.

The heart of Louisiana Appleseed is rooted by a powerful network of pro bono attorneys who give their time toward solving systemic issues. Several volunteers have give above and beyond toward achieving justice in Louisiana. Salyria Gumms from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services spent countless hours reaching coastal homeowners with educational material on heir property created by Appleseed volunteers. Representative Patricia Smith has been a champion leading the charge to ensure all children in public schools are provided a nutritio