Middelthon-Candler Gala Prize Winners




2015 Middelthon-Candler Prize Winners



PEACE PRIZE – Ambassador Andrew Young

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


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For almost half a century, Andrew Young has worked for the social, political and economic advancement of oppressed people around the world. He joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1961 as director of the organization’s Citizenship Schools, joining veteran activist Septima Clark to teach literacy and leadership skills to rural southern black women and men. Young was an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a strategist for some of the movements most important protests, including the Birmingham Campaign and the March on Washington in 1963. Young served as executive director of SCLC (1964-1968). He helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. After the assassination of King, which was witnessed by Young, he was named executive vice president of SCLC (1968-1970). He moved into the arena of politics as the first black Georgian elected to the U.S. Congress since Reconstruction (1972-1976).

President Jimmy Carter appointed Young U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1977. Andrew and Jean Young moved to New York City as a result and began to raise a family there. With his influence, protection of human rights and economic advancement in underdeveloped countries became objectives of U.S foreign policy. In 1981, President Carter awarded Young the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award. Young returned to Georgia and served as mayor of Atlanta for two terms (1981-1990). Sadly Jean Young died of cancer in 1991. In 1994 President Bill Clinton appointed him to oversee the $100 million Southern Africa Development Fund.

Young is co-founder of GoodWorks International, a consulting group that promotes initiatives to improve conditions in Africa and the Caribbean and the Andrew J. Young Foundation which promotes jobs and the eradication of hunger around the world. He is also a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Young lives in Atlanta with his wife Carolyn.

The Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize is bestowed on Ambassador Andrew Young for a lifetime of service in promoting social and economic justice within the United States and around the world. His civil rights accomplishments throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s made the American Dream more accessible to all peoples of the United States. His later work as ambassador and current work to end world hunger drives him to create social and economic improvement for the nations of the world. It is with love that the people of Georgia bestow the Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize to Ambassador Andrew Young; a son of Louisiana who chose us as the place from which to do his great work which has changed the world.


JUSTICE PRIZE – Prince Jean of Orléans, Dauphin of France

Honors leadership in effecting positive social change.


HRH Prince Jean d’Orléans, Dauphin of France, was born on May 19, 1965 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Heir of the 40 kings who ruled France from Hugues Capet to Louis-Phillippe, he is the son of Henri d’Orléans Comte de Paris and Marie-Thérèse d’Orléans Duchess de Montpensier. He was given the title duc de Vendôme in 1987 by his grandfather, Henri d’Orléans Comte de Paris.

Married since 2009 to Mademoiselle Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart; they have a son, Gaston, who was born in 2009. Educated at l’ecole communale de Vétraz-Montoux in Haute-Savoie, he passed his baccalauréat at the Jesuit school in Reims. He has a Masters of Philosophy from the Sorbonne, a Masters of Law from Faculté Libre d’Economie et de Droit de Paris, and an MBA from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles.

He served with the 7th Chasseur d’Arras, as a second lieutenant, commanding a squadron of combat tanks. For 10 years he was a consultant with Lazard Frères, Deloitte & Touche, and with Banques Populaires. Trilingual in French, English and German, he is passionate about winter sports and American cinema.

In 2005 he went on an expedition to the Arctic in the footsteps of his great, great uncle, le duc d’Orléans, whose 1905 voyage was for scientific purposes. In 2007 he created his own company, Avenir & Patrimonie Conseil, to showcase French heritage linked to the kings and princes of his family. In 2009 he was named an honorary member of the Comité André-Charles Boulle. In 2010 he was elected director of Comité des Forêts, and in 2011, he was elected director of Amis du château d’Eu. In 2003 as president he created l’association Gens de France, to promote relationships between peoples, contribute to the good of France and its influence abroad. In 2009 he published his first book, “A French Prince”, the result of 10 years of travel in France, Europe and the world. Today nearly 10,000 copies have been sold.

The Middelthon-Candler Justice Prize is bestowed on HRH Prince Jean d’Orléans, and his family, in gratitude for their leadership in drafting the Franco-American Treaty of Alliance with Ambassador Benjamin Franklin, first exercised at the Second Siege of Savannah. The Franco-American Treaty called for the French fleet to be deployed across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time and ultimately assured General Washington his victory at Yorktown establishing the United States. This support of Republican ideals set in motion events in France which eventually cost Prince Jean’s ancestors not only their throne, but their lives. It is with respect and thanks that the people of Georgia bestow the Middelthon-Candler Justice Prize to Prince Jean in thanks to his family and the French nation for their sacrifices in the establishment of our republic.



Honors excellence in the arts, sciences, or business.


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Carol B. Tomé has served as chief financial officer at Home Depot since May 2001 and was named executive vice president of corporate services in January 2007. She provides leadership in the areas of real estate, store construction, financial services, strategic business development and growth initiatives. Her corporate finance duties include financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, divisional finance, internal audit, investor relations, treasury and tax.

Tomé joined The Home Depot in 1995. Prior to that, she was vice president and treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation. Carol began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as director of banking for the Johns-Manville Corporation.

Tomé is an active volunteer, serving as a trustee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Kennesaw State University Foundation, and Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board. Tomé is also a member of the board of governors for the American Red Cross and serves as Vice Chair of the Policy Advisory Board for the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Further, she is a member of The Committee of 200, whose primary mission is to foster, celebrate, and advance women’s leadership in business, and serves as secretary to the board of trustees for the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Tomé was listed on The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch in 2007, ranking number 16 in Forbes Magazine’s 2008 list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, in 2012, The Wall Street Journal ranking her number 2 on its list of the best chief financial officers in corporate America and in 2013, Fortune Magazine’s top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Tomé has received the Global Business Development Network Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award, CFO of the Year Award by the CFO Roundtable, a distinguished alumna award from the University of Wyoming, and was named a laureate and member of the Junior Achievement of Georgia Business Hall of Fame. She serves on the board of UPS, past board chair at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the second woman chair in the organizations 150 year history, and is the past chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The Millennium Gate Prize is bestowed on Carol Tomé for her leadership in business, philanthropy, and the civic realm. Her stewardship has guided the Federal Reserve which has positively impacted the nation. Her stewardship has guided Georgia’s Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement corporation, with 370,000 employees worldwide which has positively impacted our state. It is with great pride that the Middelthon-Candler Millennium Gate Prize is bestowed on a daughter of Georgia, Carol Tomé.