One Bite at a Time
Louisiana Appleseed recognized seven locals for their dedication to social justice initiatives.
Honoree Jeffrey Richardson, Judge Rose Ledet, Honoree Jessica Vermilyea and Jack Weiss
Photographed by Melissa Calic
The Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum hosted the 2016 “Good Apple Gala,” which honored seven “Good Apples.” By definition, these award recipients are attorneys, law firms and organizations donating hundreds of pro bono hours to assist Louisiana Appleseed in fulfilling its mission to advance social justice by increasing access to education, opportunity and justice in Louisiana.
The 2016 Good Apple Award recipients are: Jeff Richardson, Martin Stern and Ron Sholes of Adams and Reese LLP and Justice Harry Lemmon, ret.; Sylvia Roberts (posthumously); Sarah Vandergriff, Legal Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS); Jessica Vermilyea, State Director for Upbring Disaster Response. The Good Apple Awards were custom designed and handcrafted by James Vella of Vella Vetro Art Glass.
Dr. Michael White performed live jazz music at the Gala, and door prize Dr. Michael White CD collection was generously donated by board member Mark Samuels of Basin Street Records. A raffle included a Magnum of 1998 Opus One wine valued at $550 generously donated by board member Drew Ranier.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Good Apple Gala,” benefiting Louisiana Appleseed
When: Thursday, January 21
Where: Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum
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