2022 Kandler Awards Celebration

October 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
@ 9:00 pm

Each year, we remember Gerry Kandler, former president of ACLU Delaware, and honor the work of members of the community who exemplify his tireless commitment to the defense of all Delawareans’ civil liberties.

Our Online Silent Auction is Open for Bids!

Whether or not you attend the Kandler Awards Celebration, we welcome you to celebrate with us by checking out the silent auction! The auction is open for bidding now, and will close at 8:30 p.m. on October 19.

These are just a few of the large selection of items we have available:

To view our full selection and place your bids, click the button below!

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We are thrilled this year to be honoring Corie Priest, Community Engagement Program Administrator at the Delaware Department of Justice, and Rebecca Lowe, Adult Program Coordinator & Development Director at the Lewes Public Library and Co-Founder of Women's March Sussex, for their accomplishments in Delaware.

Both Corie and Rebecca embody a passion and motivation for justice just as past ACLU-DE President Gerald "Gerry" E. Kandler’s (1932-1985) unwavering commitment to the values of the ACLU. We are grateful to have such incredible leadership both in our ACLU past and present and to honor Corie and Rebecca during this year’s celebration.

We are once again holding a hybrid event. As a guest of the 2022 Kandler Awards Celebration, you will have access to an abundant online silent auction opening a week before the event, in-person or virtual celebration options, live music by singer/songwriter John Flynn, and opportunities to learn more about and engage with the work of the ACLU of Delaware.


Wednesday, October 19
In-person events: 6 - 9 p.m.
Virtual event: 7 - 8 p.m.


Hockessin Memorial Hall
610 Yorklyn Rd
Hockessin, DE 19707

Sydney's Restaurant and Lounge
16388 Samuel Paynter Blvd
Milton, DE 19968

Virtual attendance available via YouTube.


Individual tickets are now available for the 2022 Kandler Awards Celebration.

Reserve your tickets


Become a sponsor of the 2022 Kandler Awards Celebration.

Sponsorship options

Online Silent Auction

The auction is open for bidding now, and will close at 8:30 p.m. on October 19. To view our full selection and place your bids, click the button below!

Bid Now

Thank you to our sponsors


Matthew and Hilary Ziffer
Ross, Aronstam, & Mortiz LLP


Social Contract


Corie Priest
Group Violence Intervention
Highmark Delaware
Morris, Nichols, Arsht, & Tunnell LLP
Network Connect
Rebecca Lowe


Betsy McGeever


Amy Simmerman
Browseabout Books
David and Sally McBride
Joan Kandler
Joanne Cabry
Judy Mellen
Lawrence and Marion Hamermesh
Mallard Financial
Nan Hunter
Planned Parenthood of Delaware
Tom and Jennifer O'Brien


Ariel and Ben Gruswitz
Bethany Hall-Long
Claire and Mikki Snyder-Hall
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
David and Gwen Brown
Don Peterson and Jeffrey Richman
Grace and Blair Messner
Jeff Raffel
Jeffrey and Linnea Goddess
Kate Cowperthwait
Attorney General Kathy Jennings
Kevin O'Connell
Laina and Michael Herbert
League of Women Voters of Delaware
Leland and Melva Ware
Mark Purpura and Matthew Adams
Mike and Katie Brickner
Norman Monhait and Marcia Halperin
Patty Downing
Sucharita Iyengar
Susan Cohen and Ron Collins
Tom and Judy Pappenhagen
William and Mary Johnston


6 - 9 p.m.
In-person celebrations and awards in Hockessin and Milton
7 - 8 p.m.
Virtual celebration and awards livestream