Louisiana Appleseed’s Good Apple Gala is about recognizing good deeds. On Jan. 19, the organization hosted its 14th annual gala at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans where it honored the work of community members and pro bono volunteers it has worked with in the past year.
Louisiana Appleseed recruits attorneys and other professionals to provide free services with an aim to create policy change. Its mission is rooted in three pillars dedicated to increasing access to justice, opportunity and education.
“We are grateful for the work Appleseed’s pro bono network performs year over year,” said Adrienne Wheeler, executive director of Louisiana Appleseed. “This is Appleseed’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the honorees, and the whole pro bono network.”
The groups and individuals receiving the Good Apple Award were the law firm Goodwin Proctor as the Pro Bono honoree, which focused on creating an estate planning guide through mutual affiliations with the Law Firm Antiracist Alliance; the Urban League of Louisiana as Community honoree for its continuous efforts and accomplishments in achieving fairness and equity throughout Louisiana; and Benjamin Mahoney, who works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, as an Appleseed Pro Bono honoree. He helped with the media campaign that promoted free help with heirs’ properties and clear title.
Event co-chairs were Kimberly Silas from Wilson Elser and Bryce Addison from Deutsch Kerrigan.
Louisiana Appleseed is part of The Appleseed Foundation, a national network of 18 public interest law centers across the U.S. and Mexico.