National Monuments Foundation Names 2013 Middelthon-Candler Peace, Justice and Millennium Gate Award Honorees

Four notable Atlantans to be awarded prizes at Gala to be held at Millennium Gate in city's Atlantic Station on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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The Millennium Gate is a Georgia History Museum, Special Events Venue and Public Landmark serving as the cultural and community gateway to Atlantic Station.

The Millennium Gate is a Georgia History Museum, Special Events Venue and Public Landmark serving as the cultural and community gateway to Atlantic Station. The Gala at The Gate will be held here.

Matthew Middelthon established these prizes in 2009 as a tangible way to continue the Candler family's tradition of extraordinary stewardship of Atlanta's arts, charitable and civic institutions, and patronage of The Millennium Gate.

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

The Mayor of Atlanta, a legendary television personality and a couple whose business endeavors are fueling economic and cultural advantages for the City are the 2013 winners of the prestigious awards to be bestowed by The National Monuments Foundation at its upcoming fundraising gala.

The National Monuments Foundation will host its third biennial Gala at the Gate, a lavish event featuring a reception and seated dinner followed by a brief program and dancing under the stars. The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Millennium Gate Museum, the beautiful triumphal arch and Georgia history museum located at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta.

The Middelthon-Candler Peace, Justice and Millennium Gate Awards will be presented during the program portion of the evening. Matthew Middelthon established these prizes in 2009 as a tangible way to continue the Candler family's tradition of extraordinary stewardship of Atlanta's arts, charitable and civic institutions, and patronage of The Millennium Gate.

The 2013 honorees are:

Justice Prize – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for his stewardship of the city and the state, but particularly his support of this foundation and its goals to rebuild Historic Mims Park and subsequently, the West End.

Peace Prize – Legendary WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson for her long-time dedication to bringing communities and community awareness together while providing the calm and order that allowed Atlantans to feel that they could rely on her for comfort even in the midst of difficulties and stressful situations.

Millennium Gate Prize -- Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher for their visionary business leadership and commitment to building community and the economic future of Atlanta. The couple has helped bring the world’s financial exchange attention to Atlanta and Kelly is inspiring new a generation of women through women’s professional sports. Kelly Loeffler is Vice President of Corporate Affairs at IntercontinentalExchange and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, the WNBA team. Her husband, Jeff Sprecher, is a Founder of InterContinentalExchange, Inc., and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The National Monuments Foundation is an independent charitable trust and receives no government funding. Proceeds raised from the evening will facilitate the museum's mission to preserve and interpret Georgia's history, architecture, culture and philanthropic heritage, as well as highlight Georgia's historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and the world.

Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased at http://www.nmf.org or directly at http://www.nmf.eventbrite.com.

Event Chair - Sarah O’Brien
Honorary Chairs - Cyndae Arrendale and Dr. Dorothy Mitchell-Leef

The National Monuments Foundation Board of Directors – Rodney M. Cook, Jr., Rawson Haverty, Jr., Pamela Rollins, Robert Tolleson, Arol Wolford.

The National Monuments Foundation Honorary Board of Directors – Colin Amery,
Richard H. Driehaus,
Tom Glenn, Remar Sutton,
Carolyn Lee Wills,
Tom Wolfe.

In recognition of the upcoming event, The National Monuments Foundation has launched The Great Atlanta History Photo Challenge, encouraging community members to share pictures of meaningful historic places in the area. The contest can be found on the Millennium Gate Museum Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MillenniumGateMuseum. The new Millennium Gate Museum Events page http://www.facebook.com/MillenniuGateEvents.

For more activity surrounding the upcoming Gala At The Gate and stories about the current and previous winners, Like and visit the new Facebook page for National Monuments Foundation http://www.facebook.com/nationalmonumentsfoundation.

THE MILLENNIUM GATE MUSEUM
The Millennium Gate's mission is to preserve and interpret Georgia history, architecture, culture and philanthropic heritage as well as highlight Georgia's historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and to the world. The Millennium Gate is a 101-foot classically-styled monumental arch located inside Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. People are drawn to the arch not only for its beauty, but also by its setting at the edge of a park against a 3-acre lake. The Gate is designed in the tradition of classical Roman triumphal arches that have been built around the world over the past 2,500 years. The Gate houses a 12,000 square foot museum that narrates Georgia's and Atlanta's history through interactive technology, film, and exhibitions. It is the largest public monument to be built since the construction of the Jefferson Memorial. The Millennium Gate is located at 395 17th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. For more information, visit http://www.thegateatlanta.com.

THE NATIONAL MONUMENTS FOUNDATION
Founded in 2001 by Rodney Mims Cook, Jr., this organization seeks to build monuments which will uplift the communities in which they are built through a classical approach to urban design. It is comprised of individuals who are committed to the mission of creating self-sustaining destination landmarks which benefit the citizens of the United States. For more information, visit http://www.thenmf.org.


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