CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (February 17, 2022) – TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, announced today that The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness has been selected as this year’s beneficiary of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Founded in 2003, The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness promotes safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities through its school-based programs for students in grades 1–6 as well as resources for parents and educators.
“The work of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness continues to make a significant, positive impact on the lives of children and their families across Maine,” said TD Bank, Maine Market President Larry Wold. “This organization’s focus on the inclusivity and respect of people of all abilities and backgrounds directly aligns with TD’s values, and we couldn’t be more pleased to name them this year’s beneficiary of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K.”
The Cromwell Center will further benefit from fundraising activities, including the race’s charity bib program, as well as increased awareness through its association with one of Maine’s premier sporting events.
“We are grateful to TD Bank and the TD Beach to Beacon 10K organizing committee for selecting us as their beneficiary for 2022,” said Susan Greenwood, Executive Director of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. “This will be an enormous help as we expand our programs geographically to serve schools in all Maine counties, and it will raise awareness of the importance of youth inclusion programs among the general public in Maine and beyond.”
About The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness
The Cromwell Center is the only provider of disabilities awareness, sensitivity, inclusion, and anti-bullying programs in Maine schools. In fact, they are the only organization in the U.S. that takes this hands-on, personalized, interactive, classroom-based approach to improving understanding, respect, and inclusion. So far, they have partnered with 220 Maine schools and 8,000 classrooms, and in the 2019 school year alone delivered face-to-face programming to 16,135 students in 92 schools.
The Cromwell Center’s programs include:
Respecting ABILITIES: A classroom-based program for grades 1-6 designed to build sensitivity and understanding, reduce bullying and create more inclusive schools and communities. This program is offered at no cost to Maine schools, and is delivered in person by a Cromwell Center program leader or through a curriculum kit that provides schools with:
A comprehensive, detailed, scripted lesson plan for each grade
- All supplies and materials needed to carry out the activities
- Video book-readings and activities
- Books and posters for each school
- Follow up activities and resources for families
- Resources and information for educators
Building Kinder Communities: A disabilities awareness and sensitivity training program for adults including parents/guardians and school staff. These interactive sessions help adults have positive conversations with kids about disabilities, model positive attitudes and language, and help children be more supportive and respectful.
To learn more about The Cromwell Center’s programs, visit www.cromwellcenter.org.
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About the TD Beach to Beacon 10K
The TD Beach to Beacon 10K draws runners from New England and throughout the world to picturesque Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The race begins on Route 77 near the Crescent Beach State Park entrance, winds along tree-lined streets and past breathtaking ocean vistas and ends in Fort Williams Park at historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
In 2019, the 22nd running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K included 6,417 finishers from nine countries, 42 states, and almost 260 Maine cities and towns. Thousands of spectators cheered runners along the route and at the finish, and more than 800 volunteers helped ensure a smooth operation. In 2021, more than 2,000 runners participated in the first-ever Virtual TD Beach to Beacon 10K. The race debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish line.
More than $90,000 in prize money is awarded to the top finishers and place winners in various categories for men and women, and a separate $30,000 donation is provided to a designated beneficiary each year by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.
With its combined focus on sustainability and charitable donations, the TDB2B10K exemplifies TD Bank’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment through The Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental well-being, and health, and increases opportunities for people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through this platform, TD Bank aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow—helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals.
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About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
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