First County Bank Foundation Awards Three High School Seniors with Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships

First County Bank Foundation Awards three High School Seniors with Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships

STAMFORD, Conn., Jun. 25, 2020 — First County Bank recently announced this year's recipients of the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarships. This annual award honors Fairfield County high school students who consistently demonstrate good citizenship at school, at home and in the community.

The program awards scholarships to three deserving students, and is designed to recognize and encourage young people who are honest, hard-working and helpful. Each year, First County Bank Foundation accepts student applications from the beginning of the year until the end of April. The award is named after Richard E. Taber who retired as chairman and CEO of First County Bank in March 2011. It is in recognition of Taber's 40-plus-year career at the bank and innumerable contributions to the community.

Each of the following students were chosen to receive a $5,000 Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship: Hannah Bushell of Stamford, attended Stamford High School and will attend the University of Michigan, majoring in applied mathematics; Daniella Jones of Greenwich, attended Greenwich High School and will attend Pennsylvania State University, majoring in liberal arts; Bartlomiej Ruszczyk of Fairfield, attended Fairfield Preparatory High School and will attend College of the Holy Cross, majoring in economics and computer science.

Daniella Jones
Hannah Bushell
Bartlomiej Ruszczyk

"These students exemplify the attributes of good citizenship and service in the community," said Robert J. Granata, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, and president of the First County Bank Foundation.  "Each year, we continue to be amazed at the caliber of local high school seniors applying for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award.  We are proud to present scholarships to these amazing students, knowing that we are supporting future leaders with a passion for community service."

Richard Taber, a member of the board of directors at First County Bank, said, "I am very proud to have my name associated with three such well-rounded and talented young adults.  With the level of success they have already achieved, I'm certain they will have an outstanding future."

To learn more about First County Bank Foundation and the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarship, please visit the Bank's website.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.7 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Foundation Donates $50,000 To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts


First County Bank Foundation Donates $50,000

To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

STAMFORD, Conn., Jun. 3, 2020 — First County Bank Foundation announced today that it will donate $50,000 to select Fairfield County shelters and food pantries in an effort to support those nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This designated COVID-19 relief fund is being distributed in addition to the nearly $500,000 in grants recently provided to over 90 local nonprofits through the Foundation's annual CommunityFirst Grant Program.

The following nonprofits are designated to receive funds for COVID-19 relief:

"During this unprecedented time of crisis in our community, First County Bank Foundation is committed to support COVID-19 relief efforts for such basic needs as housing and food security. These select nonprofits, as well as many others in Fairfield County, have been working tirelessly to provide access to shelter and food for the most vulnerable members of our society," stated Robert J. Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation. "The Bank's board of directors, corporators and employees take great pride in supporting these critical efforts," added Granata.

For more information about First County Bank Foundation, go to the Bank's website at www.firstcountybank.com/foundation-1.

About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support quality of life and educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.7 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

STAMFORD, Conn., May 19, 2020 - First County Bank awarded Kerri and Kristin Clark of Trumbull, CT $1,000, as they are the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings drawing. "I was filled with such joy as I called my customers to notify them that they won $1,000," said Maria Hirnyk, Assistant Branch Manager of the First County Bank Glenbrook location, in Stamford. "At a time filled with uncertainty and financial strain for so many, suprising my customers with this positive news couldn't have come at a better time," added Hirnyk.

This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year, with one winner per quarter.

The $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account, which came just in time to kick off the new year with some extra cash. To learn more about First County Bank's FirstPrize $avings account and to view account rules and regulaitons please visit https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

STAMFORD, Conn., January 7, 2020 - First County Bank is excited to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing - Kenneth and Maryanne Dolan of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year, with one winner per quarter, and the Dolans were the final winners for 2019.

Karen Chavez, Stamford - Springdale Branch Manager, Robert Granata, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Willard Miley, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), presented Kenneth (pictured) and Maryanne Dolan with $1,000, as the winners of the recent FirstPrize $avings account drawing. The $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account, which came just in time to kick off the new year with some extra cash.

To learn more about First County Bank's FirstPrize $avings account and to view account rules and regulaitons please visit https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Foundation Presents Annual Community Legacy Award to Richard E. Koch

First County Bank Foundation Presents
Annual Community Legacy Award to Richard E. Koch

STAMFORD, Conn., December 23, 2019 ─ First County Bank Foundation hosted its Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships early last month at the Stamford Mariott, where the Foundation presented the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award to Richard E Koch.

Over 140 guests were in attendance including representatives from 45 local nonprofits, First County Bank Board Members and Corporators. Guest speaker Clif McFeely founder of Future Five - a Stamford based nonprofit dedicated to connecting under-resourced high school students to mentors, presented on the “Power of Connection”. "It was an honor to be selected to speak about Future 5 at the Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships. I have been very fortunate over the years to see the "Power of Connection" at work in Stamford, and it was on display in full force at the First County Bank Foundation event” said McFeely.

First County Bank Foundation awarded the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award (formerly Community Legacy Award) to Richard Koch for his dedication to giving back to his local community. Koch, a Norwalk resident, has been an active volunteer throughout Fairfield County for over 40 years. Koch is the longest serving volunteer with Darien EMS- Post 53 and a Board of Directors member. Some of Koch’s additional volunteer engagements include: tutoring math, physics, and chemistry at Grassroots Tennis & Education in Norwalk, truck driver for furniture pick-ups for St. Luke’s yearly Tag Sale in Darien, and a participant in the annual food drive with Darien based Person-To-Person. When Koch sees a need, he jumps in to action to support his community. First County Bank Foundation was impressed by Koch’s community involvement, and for that he was recognized to receive the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award.

“First County Bank Foundation is proud to recognize Richard Koch with the 2019 Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award. Dick’s long-standing commitment to the local community embodies the true spirit of the award. We’re thrilled that Dick graciously accepted this honor at our annual event”, stated Robert J. Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.

Established in 2018, and renamed in 2019, the First County Bank Foundation Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award recognizes the exceptional achievements and meaningful contributions of an individual or couple, residing in the towns of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport, who through their actions, experience, talent and skills, directly benefits activities and programs in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, education or quality of life for families and children, as consistent with the First County Bank Foundation mission. The Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award honoree receives a commemorative plaque and $2,500 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.

About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the Bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support quality of life and educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2019 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

STAMFORD, Conn., October 10, 2019 - First County Bank is excited to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing are Roger and Marie Paulemon of Bridgeport, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

Wendy Macedo, Westport Avenue Branch Manager, and Willard Miley, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), present Roger and Marie Paulemon with $1,000, as the winners of the recent FirstPrize $avings account drawing. To encourage personal savings, the $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account. To learn more about First County Bank's FirstPrize $avings account and to view account rules and regulaitons please visit https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


SPEF Hosts Stamford's Excellence In Education Awards

STAMFORD, CT – From Stamford Public Education Foundation: Community leaders and educators gathered at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel last night to celebrate public education in Stamford. The Stamford Public Education Foundation's 12th annual Excellence in Education Awards brought over 400 guests in attendance, its highest turnout to date. A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the SPEF Educator Award to Stamford High School teacher Janell Iyer. This year, SPEF was joined by the Stamford Public Schools, which awarded the 2019 Teacher of the Year award to Julia A. Stark Elementary School teacher Katelyn Tavolacci.

Westhill's Jazz Ensemble welcomed attendees into the event, who were then ushered downstairs to a networking reception. Sixty baskets were on display at the Silent Auction, which included items donated by The Palace Theatre, Zaza Restaurant, OrangeTheory, and other SPEF supporters. At 7PM, the award ceremony began with Project Music and Turn of River 7th Grader Jade Rueda singing the National Anthem. Stamford Public School's awarded the 2019 Teacher of the Year, also honoring the semi-finalists and Spotlight winners.

SPEF continued the ceremony with the SPEF Leadership Award, which was awarded to Barbara Dalio for her efforts in supporting public education in Connecticut as the Co-Founder and Director of The Dalio Foundation. NatWest Markets CEO Paul Stevelman accepted SPEF Philanthropy
Award on behalf of the company for its volunteer efforts and their generosity in helping SPEF pursue its mission. For the SPEF Educator Award, 21 educators were nominated by the Parent- Teacher Organizations at their respective schools in recognition of the exceptional learning environment they have created for their students. Stamford High School teacher Janell Iyer was chosen at the 2019 Educator Award recipient, receiving a $1,000 donation for her classroom/ learning environment. A heart-felt testimony for the SPEF Leadership mentoring program was provided by Stamford High School 9th grader Kenia Rossil, and her UConn Stamford mentor Daira Rivera. Jade Rueda closed the show with a touching rendition of "Stand by Me."

SPEF is once again extremely grateful to the sponsors of the evening, including: NatWest Markets(Title); AXA IM (Summa Cum Laude); First County Bank, Pitney Bowes, Henkel, Patricia and Bob Phillips, State Street Global, and Garden Homes (Magna Cum Laude); Synapse Group and DonorsChoose.org (Cum Laude); Berkowitz and Hanna LLC, Stamford Bank & Trust, and The Lowenthals (Honors); Serendipity (Media).

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