By Special to the Daily World
It was a lovely evening, as friends, family and supporters witnessed the prestigious Middlelthon-Candler awards being presented to former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and the Voyles family, owners.  Franklin received the Justice Prize for her role as a public official and for her 35 years as a community leader in Atlanta. The Millennium Gate Prize honored the Voyles family, auto dealership owners, for its community involvement and charitable contributions for the past three generations.

The annual affair, held in the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlantic Station, on Saturday, April 16, was a charitable event that attracted several hundred people to a delicious dinner followed by the award ceremony that honors families and individuals who have been stewards of our city for generations. Dancing followed the ceremony.

Proceeds from the event will facilitate the operations at the museum that preserves and interprets Georgia history, architecture, culture and philanthropic heritage.

Guests enjoyed viewing the museum that highlights families that have contributed to Georgia’s historical and aesthetic relevance to the state, the United States and to the world.

Rodney Cook III, an architect by profession, is visionary and founder of the Millennium Gate Museum that is sponsored by the National Monuments Foundation.

Both of the 2011 distinguished recipients were grateful for the honor and said the awards  only strengthens their community service.

For more information about the museum call 404-881-0900.

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