Good Apple Dinner

Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro receive the 2023 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award on November 15, 2023, presented by President of the Texas Appleseed Board of Directors, Patrick Cantilo.

The Good Apple Dinner is Texas Appleseed’s annual fundraising event. During the event, the Board of Directors awards the J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award as our highest recognition to luminaries who have helped shape Texas for the better and whose work has inspired us all. Texas Appleseed has honored many amazing Texans, from Charles Butt to Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson to Harriet Miers, and most recently, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro.

We also present our Pro Bono Leadership Award to individuals and firms who have provided much-needed pro bono service to Texas Appleseed on urgent issues. These individuals and firms have offered critical help to Texans who didn’t know where else to turn.

The event is a who’s who of Texas, attended by attorneys from major law firms, judges and chief justices, other local and statewide public officials, university leaders, corporate leaders, and many other committed individuals. We thank our supporters for their continued pursuit of justice.

The next Good Apple Dinner will be held on November 7, 2024, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. For more information, contact Jamie Sauer at or 512.473.2800 ext 113.