WOODBRIDGE >> More than 350 residents and government officials joined the Anti-Defamation League to honor exceptional community leaders in Greater New Haven.

ADL presented its Torch of Liberty Award to Asma Farid and Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, and Lindy Lee Gold was honored with the Distinguished Community Leadership Award on June 13 at Congregation B’nai Jacob.

The award is presented annually to outstanding citizens and corporations whose extraordinary work has helped to strengthen the Greater New Haven community. The Distinguished Community Leadership Award recognizes outstanding citizens who contribute to building strong communities that are open to all people without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

“It was an unforgettable evening,” said ADL Connecticut Director Steve Ginsburg.

“Asma, Tariq and Lindy truly deserving honorees, and each spoke beautifully about their journeys and the ADL values that guided them along the way. With all the divisiveness in the world today, we were blessed to have an inclusive and celebratory event. ADL has a unique ability to convene and build bridges among people from different backgrounds and faiths. Last night made clear to us all that the Greater New Haven community is essential to our goal of creating ‘a world without hate.’”