2010 Good Apple Reception

2010 Good Apple Award recipient Paul T. Dacier.

Prof. Friedman (r) presents Mr. Dacier (l) with the Good Apple Award. Photograph by Rick Friedman

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 3rd annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 18, 2010.

During the Reception, Massachusetts Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation, for his unwavering commitment to public service, fairness and social justice.

David Strohm introduced Mr. Dacier. Mr. Strohm and Lawrence Friedman presented Mr. Dacier with the Good Apple Award. Mr. Strohm is a Partner at Greylock Partners and Lead Director of EMC Corporation. Professor Friedman is President of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Appleseed and teaches federal and state Constitutional Law and Privacy Law at New England Law | Boston.

Joan Meschino, Executive Director for Massachusetts Appleseed, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by over 200 guests and exceeded its original fundraising goal. The brief speaking program began with songs sung by the talented children’s choir from the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy. Board President, Lawrence Friedman, welcomed guests and congratulated Mr. Dacier on behalf of the Massachusetts Appleseed Board of Directors.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all of those who attended and made this year’s reception an enormous success. We thank the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy for a charming performance. We thank all our sponsors whose generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to effectuate systemic change on behalf of underserved populations.

2009 Good Apple Reception

2009 Good Apple Award recipient Brackett B. Denniston.

2009 Good Apple Award recipient Brackett B. Denniston.

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 2nd annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 19, 2009.

During the Reception, Massachusetts Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Brackett B. Denniston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of General Electric Company, for his constant commitment to public service, fairness and social justice.

William F. Weld introduced Mr. Denniston. Mr. Weld and Hugh Scott presented Mr. Denniston with the Good Apple Award. Mr. Weld is former Governor of Massachusetts and currently a partner of the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. Mr. Scott is a long time member of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Appleseed and partner of the law firm, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.

Joan Meschino, Executive Director for Massachusetts Appleseed, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by nearly 150 guests and exceeded its original fundraising goal. The brief speaking program began with songs sung by the talented children’s choir from the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy. Board officer, Lawrence Friedman, welcomed guests and congratulated Mr. Denniston on behalf of the Massachusetts Appleseed Board of Directors.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all of those who attended and made this year’s reception a wonderful success. We thank the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy for a lovely performance. We thank all our sponsors whose generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to effectuate systemic change on behalf of underserved populations.

2008 Good Apple Reception

Lena G. Goldberg, 2008 Good Apple Award Recipient

Lena G. Goldberg, 2008 Good Apple Award Recipient

Massachusetts Appleseed and the national office of Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Lena G. Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Strategic Corporate Initiatives at Fidelity Investments, for her dedication to volunteerism and pro bono work.

“Lawyers have a special role to play in helping to address major issues facing our world today,” Goldberg said. “If we want our society to continue to flourish, we must ensure that the promise of a fair chance, the promise of transparent and predictable rules, the promise of a level playing field and a decent shot to succeed-that these promises are not promises alone. Through education, outreach, strategic planning, direct intervention and legal advocacy for appropriate legislation, Appleseed is helping to drive needed change.”

Goldberg served for more than a decade as Fidelity’s executive vice president and general counsel and was named as one of the “50 Most Influential In-House Counsel” by Inside Counsel magazine. Prior to joining Fidelity, she was a partner at Sullivan and Worcester, specializing in corporate finance, bankruptcy and securities law. She first began practicing law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Boston after graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School.

She has served her fellow professionals through various roles at the New England Legal Foundation, the Boston Bar Foundation, the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Lawyers Group, and the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law of Boston University Law School. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations, including her role as a director of GEMs of Hope, an organization devoted to women’s advancement and micro-credit. She devoted particular time and energy for more than 15 years to D.A.R.E. Family Services, a nonprofit corporation providing foster care, mentor services, job training, adoption and other social services.

Claude G. Lancome, President of Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Appleseed and Executive Vice President, Principal and corporate counsel of Coast and Harbor Associates, was the emcee for the event, which had nearly 200 attendees and doubled its original fundraising goal of $100,000.