On November 12, ADL honored Michael Carbone of TD Bank with its prestigious Americanism Award. The Americanism Award is bestowed annually on leaders in business, community affairs, and charitable endeavors who distinguish themselves and their organizations through their dedication to preserving liberty and advancing the cause of human rights, dignity, diversity, and equal opportunity.
TD Bank has been an exemplary partner with ADL this year and has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving the community, particularly in the area of diversity. Michael Carbone devotes his time and his efforts to sharing his understanding of differences in culture, religion, race, sexual orientation, and the challenges faced by those with physical or mental disabilities. Michael has been outspoken about how bullying and singling out an individual because of race, culture, or disability can cause great pain and unforeseen and unfortunate consequences.
As part of its corporate partnership with the ADL, TD Bank has established an exciting relationship with ADL’s signature program No Place for Hate and Charles W. Henry Elementary School. Starting in Spring 2013, TD Bank “adopted” Henry Elementary in Mount Airy to support and participate in No Place for Hate-themed projects. For the first project, Michael Carbone and a diverse group of TD Bank executives and employees visited Henry Elementary to celebrate “Read Across America,” the NEA’s tribute to Dr. Seuss’s birthday, where they read books about challenging bias and celebrating diversity to classes throughout the school. Later in the spring, almost 200 TD Bank employees and Henry staff, students, and families walked together in custom-made green TD Bank T-shirts in the ADL WALK Against Hate. Henry students showed their appreciation for TD’s support with a huge banner that they presented at the WALK.