2023 Kandler Awards Celebration

October 18, 2023 @ 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.

We are thrilled this year to be honoring Beatrice “Bebe” Coker, leading civil rights and education advocate, and John Whitelaw, Esq., Advocacy Director, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., for their accomplishments in Delaware.

Both Bebe and John 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 Bebe and John during this year’s celebration.

For questions, reach out to Melissa Bryson at mbryson@aclu-de.org.


Wednesday, October 18


Carriage House at Rockwood Park
4671 Washington Street Extension,
Wilmington, DE 19809

Big Fish Grill Rehoboth
20298 Coastal Hwy,
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Virtual attendance available via Zoom.


Reserve your tickets now


Become a sponsor 

Every Kandler Ticket & Sponsorship Includes:

  • Access to our online silent auction;
  • Live performance by the Delaware Choir School; and
  • Your choice to attend in-person or virtually via Zoom.

Please reserve your tickets or sponsorships by Wednesday, October 4 to ensure an accurate count for in-person celebration locations. For questions, email mbryson@aclu-de.org or 302.654.5326 x 102.

Online Silent Auction

The auction is coming soon, and will close at 8:30 p.m. on October 18.