2018 Kandler Memorial Awards Dinner

Kandler 2018 Logo
Since 1985, ACLU-DE’s Kandler Memorial Awards Dinner has recognized those Delawareans who have committed their lives to the fight for civil rights and liberties. We hope you can join us to honor three extraordinary activists at this year’s Kandler event, Courage & Vision: Champions of Liberty.

DATE: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
TIME: 5:30 Cocktail Hour (Hors d’oeuvre & No-host Bar); 6:30 p.m. Dinner
LOCATION: Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Online ticket sales are now closed. For questions about sponsorships or tickets, please contact Director of Development Dave Bever at (302) 654-5326, ext. 100 or via email at dbever@aclu-de.org.

The 2018 Kandler Award Honorees


Steve Elkins

Steve Elkins
Founder and Director of CAMP Rehoboth
For over a quarter century, Steve epitomized the inclusive spirit of CAMP—“Creating A More Positive”—Rehoboth. He passed away in March, leaving a legacy of activism and community spirit that endures in the organization he founded with his husband, Murray Archibald.

Maria Matos

Maria Matos
President/CEO of the Latin American Community Center
Maria has championed the LACC’s mission to empower the Latino community through education, advocacy, partnerships and exceptional services for 22 years. A truly engaged civic leader, Maria is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans and Who’s Who Among Professional Americans and has received numerous awards for her dedication and commitment to the community she serves.

The 2018 Clarence Darrow Award Recipient


Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O’Connell
Office of Defense Services
As Assistant Public Defender, Kevin has handled dozens of capital murder cases at trial, on appeal and in post-conviction review. He is a founding member and past-president of Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty. Kevin received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, a law degree from Delaware Law School of Widener University and became a member of the Delaware State Bar in 1984. Kevin and his wife, Marilyn have two daughters and 2 grandchildren.

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