The 2018 Millennium Candler Prize Ceremony October 27, 2018



The inaugural Millennium Candler Gala was held when the Millennium Gate Museum opened in 2008. Matthew Middelthon, a descendant of Coca-Cola founder Asa G. Candler, established the Millennium Candler Peace, Justice, and Millennium Gate Prizes to continue the family’s stewardship of the state of Georgia. All proceeds from the gala are used to further the mission of the National Monuments Foundation.


The theme of the 2018 Gala commemorated Southern tradition, Georgia’s 300-year legacy of peace, and The Atlanta Way. When General James Oglethorpe landed at Yamacraw Bluff (now named Savannah) in 1733, he was greeted by Chief Tomochichi, who befriended him instead of massacring the British as was being done elsewhere up and down the east coast. This inaugurated Georgia’s 300-year tradition of peace. 2015 Millennium Candler Peace Prize honoree Ambassador Andrew Young claims that the Civil Rights Movement did not happen here in a vacuum and that he and Dr. King’s ministries stand on the shoulders of Chief Tomochichi. As a result, the National Monuments Foundation is rebuilding Mims Park, now renamed Rodney Cook, Sr. Peace Park, to celebrate Georgia and Atlanta as the global destination of Peace.


Millennium Gate Prize Categories:

Peace Prize: Honors leadership in the promotion of fraternity between peoples and nations.

Coretta Scott King
accepted by Reverend Bernice King


Justice Prize: Honors leadership in effecting positive social change.

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza


Millennium Gate Prize: Honors excellence in the arts, sciences, or business.

Orlando von Einsedel and Joanna Natasegara


DATE: Saturday, October 27th, 2018
TIME: VIP Reception at 5:00PM, Cocktail Reception for all guests at 6:00PM, Dinner at 6:45PM
LOCATION: Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363


For further information regarding sponsorship contact Mac Schmitz at mschmitz@thegatemuseum.org, 678-200-6813