Fairfield Chamber’s 19th Annual Fundraiser

By Editorial Staff

The 2018 Spring Fling Party, the 19th annual fundraiser and silent auction event benefitting the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce on April 19 will take place at the historic Burr Mansion, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Appetizers and light bites will be served throughout the evening by local area restaurants: CRAVE Restaurant, Italian Kitchen, LobsterCraft, Quattro Pazzi, The Castle on Post, Shearwater Coffee Bar and Wholefoods. Open bar serving wine and beer plus soft drinks will be offered with each ticket, plus a special Rosé Bar, featuring some of the most popular, new Rosé wines, sponsored by Mo’s Wine and Spirits.

This event is made possible by sponsors, including ACBI Insurance, Bankwell in Fairfield, First County Bank, Charles Schwab, Fairfield County Bank, Kleban Properties, TVEyes, Sacred Heart University, Massage Envy, Sturges Ridge of Fairfield, Mo’s Wine & Soirits and Kate Eisemann Pictures. For more information and ticket reservations ($50 members; $60 nonmembers), register on the chamber website FairfieldCTChamber.com or call the 203-255-1011.


Dancing with the Stars Event Returns to Stamford

By Curtain Call, Norwalkplus.com

Curtain Call’s Dancing with the Stars event returns on Saturday, May 19 with 22 dancers gracing the stage of the Palace Theatre in downtown Stamford. One of the 11 dance teams plans to “wrestle” the title from the others; one’s out to “teach” the others a lesson they won’t forget; and another is planning to “psych” out the competition.

This year’s teams include a WWE executive, a teacher and a psychotherapist among the competitors raising funds for Stamford’s longest-running and only year round nonprofit producing theatre company, Curtain Call. Thomas Carlucci, Senior Director, International Television, WWE, Melisa Viggiano, a kindergarten teacher at K.T. Murphy School and Nadia Fiorita, a psychotherapist from Darien are three of the 11 community leaders who have volunteered for this year’s event.

Carlucci, Viggiano and Fiorita are paired with professional partners, respectively, Linda Cicero, Dance on the DL, LLC, James Calixte, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, and Ricardo Sopin, also from Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich.

Patterned after the hit television show, this is the 10th year Curtain Call’s Dancing with the Stars fundraiser will be held at The Palace Theatre. It will mimic the popular TV show in that there will be behind the scenes video footage of the couples in rehearsal in addition to live performances and commentary by a panel of judges that night. Judges’ Choice Awards are presented in male and female categories and are based on the performance at the event. Peoples’ Choice Awards are presented in male and female categories and are based on the number of votes secured in advance and the night of the event. “Votes” are sold for $10.00 each and are a major component of the fundraising for this event. (Votes are like sponsorships in a walk-a-thon.)

The others teams include Tracey (Sposi) Downey, U.S. Home Services and her professional partner Cuong Nguyen, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Chris Fry, Chief Distribution Mechanic, Eversource and his professional partner, Kimberly Charles, Latin Moves Dance Studio; Josephine Furlin, Manager of The Vault at The Saks Shops Greenwich and her professional partner, Billy Blanks, Jr., Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Stephen Maggiola, Counsel, CT Attorneys Title Insurance Co. and his professional partner, his daughter, Julia Maggiola, a Curtain Call Choreographer; Willard Miley, SVP, Director of Retail Banking, First County Bank, and his professional partner, Katie Arbulu, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Lisa Saba Price, Principal, Newfield Elementary School, and her professional partner, Justin Allen, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Meredith Scheine, Owner, Chocolate Works of Darien, and her professional partner, Bob Blank, Latin Moves Dance Studio; and Erik Zeiss, Bartender. Sign of The Whale, and his professional partner, Lauren Nicole Sherwood, Diva Star Productions.

"As a life-long Stamford resident and member of the arts community here, I can't tell you how exciting it is to see this outpouring of support to help keep our community theatre strong," said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director. Since 1972, live theatrical productions have been presented at Sterling Farms, the home of Curtain Call since 1992. Curtain Call is the nonprofit community-based theatre company in residence at the Sterling Farms complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre as well as outdoors on the great lawn for its annual Shakespeare on the Green presentations.

"The success of our past events has been due in great part to the dance professionals and their studios who volunteer their services to get these amateur volunteers up to speed," Ursone said. Tickets and sponsorships for the event start at $125. "The voting is a great way to get involved in the process," Ursone noted and it is a very important part of the fundraising. With state arts funding having been drastically cut over the past several years, this event provides much needed funding.

"Planning for this year's event started the day after we held our last event," said Jami Sherwood, chair emeritus, who was a volunteer Star Dancer at the orgaization’s first event. Co-chairs Nikki Glekas and JoAnn Latoracca, (also past Star Dancers) are joined by committee members: Diane Arditti, Jeff Brandi, Bob Callahan, Lynne Colatrella, Sonia Sotire Malloy, Lori Mercede, Tom Ormond, Bill Squier, Jan Ursone, Lou Ursone and Gail Yudain. "Our board and a large group of amazing volunteers make this event the premier special event in the area," Ursone said.

The cocktail hour, to be held at UConn Stamford, will feature a wide variety of top shelf food and drink provided by: Bar Zepoli, Chocolate Works, Columbus Park Trattoria, David's Soundview Catering, DiMare Pastry Shop, Flinders Lane, Granola Bar, Judy's Bar and Kitchen, Marcia Selden Catering, Myrna’s Kitchen, Nikki Glekas Events, Parkway Diner, Riko’s Pizza, Sign of the Whale, Some Things Fishy Catering, Sushi Village, Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes, The Water's Edge at Giovanni's and Westfair Productions.

For more information on tickets, sponsorships, advertising and voting, call 203-329-8207 x11.

The remainder of Curtain Call's 27th season includes A Comedy Tenors & Superman the Musical. More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.

Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2017. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

First County Bank Sponsors Financial Literacy Program at NCHS

By New Canaan Advertiser

Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. First County Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make the curriculum available to eight schools in the New Canaan, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and Wilton areas completely free, including New Canaan High School.

“Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program,” Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. “Kids have their own bank accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life. But because First County Bank is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it’s important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world. First County Bank realizes that, and they’re doing something about it.”

Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing more than 35,000 teachers and available in all 50 states.

April is National Financial Literacy Month, and it’s dedicated to helping Americans improve their financial well-being. We’re making an extra effort to spread awareness to teachers about a free financial literacy program available to them. First County Bank has offered time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources to help local schools teach personal finance in the classroom. Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget – but it’s not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees.

The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.

Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit firstcountybank.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.

18th Annual SilverSource Charity Golf Outing

By Laura Roberts Marketing, Stamford Patch

Event will recognize Rey Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO, First County Bank and President, First County Bank Foundation. Tickets on sale.

SilverSource presents the 18th Annual SilverSource Charity Golf Outing, to be held on Monday, June 11, 2018. Tickets are now on sale for this outstanding event, where golfers will enjoy a fun day of world class golf at the private Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, CT.

Beginning at 10:30am, all players will receive a complimentary pre-tournament brunch, unlimited beverages, a post-tournament reception and a seated dinner. In addition, golfers have the chance to win a vehicle for a hole in one, plus team prizes, individual prizes, amazing raffle items, a live auction and more.

This year's event will recognize Rey Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO, First County Bank and President, First County Bank Foundation. "We are thrilled to recognize Rey Giallongo Jr. and First County Bank. The organization has been a long-time supporter of SilverSource and the elderly who need community support," said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director of SilverSource.

The event draws over 130 players, representing an array of business networking opportunities. All proceeds from this annual sold-out event support our older neighbors in need, and provide funding for the SilverSource Elderly Housing Stability Program, elder eviction protection and the Ride To Wellness Medical Transportation Program.

Visit https://silversource.org/golf/ for additional details and to purchase tickets. Non-golfers may purchase tickets to attend the post-tournament reception and dinner. A variety of high visibility sponsorship packages are also available. SilverSource would like to thank its generous sponsors, including: First County Bank, Bartlett Tree Experts, Stamford Health, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata and media sponsor, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

SilverSource, formerly known as Senior Services of Stamford, was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit foundation that advocates for older adults and provides case management, emergency financial assistance and other services to positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60. In addition, SilverSource is an information resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. SilverSource, Inc., is a 501(c) 3, is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905. For more information visit www.silversource.org or call 203.324.6584.

Opus Announces Lead Sponsors for Spring Masquerade Ball

By Darien Times

Jake Fay of William Raveis with Jessica Occi and Danielle Santoro of the OPUS Corporate Development Team

Opus for Person-to-Person announced today that William Raveis, along with Baywater Properties and PG Properties, will be lead/platinum sponsors of their annual spring gala, Opus’ largest annual fundraiser. The Opus Masquerade Ball, which will support the Darien-based Person-to-Person, will be held on Saturday, April 21, at the newly renovated Country Club of Darien. Proceeds from the Masquerade Ball will be used to support P2P’s programs that directly benefit children, including Campership scholarships for children and youth in need, grants to families, the holiday toy store, Baby Basics layettes for new mothers, and scholarships for college.

William Raveis announced its support of these programs with a $5,000 grant made by William Raveis, chairman and CEO. “William Raveis is more than a real estate company – it’s a family owned business,” said Jake Fay, sales manager of William Raveis in Darien. “We’re extremely proud of our association with such a worthy non-profit organization whose mission is to provide for thousands of families in need. P2P is truly remarkable in their fundraising efforts and we are excited to be a part of this great event. “

In addition to William Raveis and Baywater Properties and PG Properties, the Masquerade Ball is being supported with sponsorships from local businesses, including: Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Co. Insurance, Inc.; Callari Cars; Fairfield County Bank; First County Bank; Flinders Lane Restaurant – Stamford; Fox Hill Builders; and Houlihan Lawrence – The Home Team: Sheree Frank and Doug Milne. Many local businesses have donated items for the event’s auction packages, including: Barrett Bookstore, Bodega Taco Bar, Caroline’s Cakes, CST50 Darien, Darien Carpet, Darien Sport Shop, Darien Upholstery, Everything is Rosey, Greenwich Harbor Cruises, Half Full Brewery, Hands on Pottery, Hog Wild BBQ, J House Greenwich, King’s Highway Tennis Club, Michael Joseph’s Fine Foods, Noroton Heights Fire Department, NEAT Coffee, Palmer’s, Nielsen’s Florist, Post Corner Pizza, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Sail to Sable, Sound Sailing Center, Tao Downtown, Ten Twenty Post, Vital Dish by Danielle Santoro, Watch What Happens LIVE, and more. And finally, personal sponsorships contributed by Caroline and Elo Comfort, Nancy and David Herbert, John and Lisa Bishai and Hugh and Kathy Boyle, were given in support of this event.

At the Masquerade Ball, guests will be invited to step into an evening of mystery and intrigue at this black and white formal affair. This year’s gala will also feature the first ever, extended hours after-party, guaranteeing that it will be one of the most exciting social events this spring. Tickets for the event are available for purchase online at https://opus4p2p.org/fundraiser/bw/

Operation Hope Gala Set for May 3

By Sonal Shah Rajan, HamletHub

Fairfield, CT - On Thursday, May 3, Operation Hope of Fairfield will host its 17th Annual Evening of Hope to raise critical funds to end hunger and homelessness for our neighbors in need. This year’s theme is “CincOH de Mayo.” Held at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield, the evening promises to be a sizzling hot fiesta where friends will celebrate the support and dedication of our surrounding community. The festivities will feature Mexican-inspired cuisine, Community Hero awards, silent and live auctions and more. Guests are encouraged to dress in festive attire.

“Evening of Hope is our most eagerly anticipated fundraiser of the year, offering our guests the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of men, women and families who are truly struggling,” said Operation Hope Board Member and Evening of Hope Chair Darrin Fodor. “We share a commitment with the many businesses and individuals who support Evening of Hope that no one in our community should be hungry, that everyone in our community should have supportive relationships, hope for the future and a place to call home.”

We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors to date: Diamond Sponsors Alan and Betty Feldman and AvalonBay Communities; Ruby Sponsors Black Rock Church, People’s United Bank and Santa Energy; Emerald Sponsors First County Bank, IPS and The Store at First Church Congregational; Sapphire Sponsors Bank of America, Congregation B’nai Israel, Lamburt Corporation Insurance, Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home, Turner Construction and TVEyes; and Media Sponsor Fairfield Magazine/TownVibe.

“Evening of Hope is a wonderful event,” said Carla Miklos, Executive Director, Operation Hope. “Not only is it an opportunity to honor some very special friends, it’s also a reminder there are still neighbors who need food, housing and clinical support services right here at home. Our Food Pantry, Community Kitchen and Affordable Housing programs, as well as our soon to be launched Homeless Response Center, provide solutions for those who find themselves newly experiencing homelessness, housing instability or food insecurity. Funds raised at this event help ensure that we are able to address their needs and help them get back on their feet.”

As is tradition, Operation Hope recognizes community members who have helped Operation Hope advance its mission with the following Community Hero Awards:

The Reverend Spollett/Rabbi Waldman Award – Honoree Rabbi James Prosnit, has been the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport since 1990. Rabbi Prosnit has made many contributions to Operation Hope include holding positions as board member, vice-chair, chairman of the board and has served as a valued advisor for many years. Additionally, he is recognized for being a committed community servant whose skills are an asset to all the organizations that benefit from his guidance and service.

The Stewart B. and Lucie C. McKinney Award – Honoree Evie Eckert Angel is a lifelong Fairfield resident and helped her husband, Jon, found Angel Commercial, LLC, a commercial real estate firm, in 2000. Evie has been a dedicated volunteer at Operation Hope for over 20 years, in various roles, including making meals, serving on the board of directors as a member and also on the executive committee as board secretary. She has also managed the production of the Evening of Hope’s program journal, as well as her true labor of love, chairing our Hope for the Holidays gift giving initiative for many years.

The Jacky Durrell Award – Honoree Harry B. French is a lifelong resident of Fairfield and is chairman of Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers. While Harry’s passion is helping his customers select stunning jewelry and timepieces, giving back to the community has been equally been as important. Through Henry C. Reid, Harry has enjoyed supporting local charities and our community. We also acknowledge his long service through Fairfield Rotary, where he touches so many worthy causes and exemplifies the motto “Service above Self.”

By supporting Evening of Hope, you help Operation Hope directly provide housing, food, counseling and more for our neighbors in need. Join us in one of the following ways:

  • Sponsor the event at one of four sponsorship levels
  • Purchase an ad in the ad journal
  • Donate a live or silent auction item

For sponsorship/ad/auctions information, please contact Director of Development Jennifer O’Neill atjoneill@operationhopect.org or 203-292-5588 x210 or purchase online at bit.ly/ohgala2018.

About Operation Hope

The mission of Operation Hope is to provide the opportunity for individuals and families to experience transformative change. By addressing basic needs for food and shelter, as well as offering long-term solutions to hunger and homelessness, including affordable housing, life skills training and personalized clinical support, they help people reach their potential in an environment where compassion inspires dignity and hope. For more information, contact Operation Hope at (203) 292-5588 or visit www.operationhopect.org.


ElderHouse’s 5th Annual DANCING WITH THE STARS Event a Resounding Success, Exceeding All Expectations for Energy, Entertainment, and Fundraising Goals!

Written by Judie Szuets, HamletHub

While preparations for the ElderHouse Dancing with the Stars – 5th Annual Gala Benefit went on for nearly the past year, the gala event evening flew by far too quickly in a blur of excitement, fun, high energy, and great talent, and raised funds that exceeded that of previous years, surpassing goals set for this year’s event. The DWTS event showcased talent born from months of dedicated practice by seven high profile local business leaders who, along with their professional dance partners from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, brought enthusiasm and skill to the dance floor at Wilton’s Rolling Hills Country Club this past Saturday, March 24th. All dancers donated their time to the competition, executing routines that impressed an enthusiastic sold-out audience.

“Our 5th Annual Dancing with the Stars gala was one of the best events EVER. The dancers were amazing, cheered on by a very enthusiastic crowd. The funds raised will help support programs for older adults with aging diseases. What a successful evening it was! When everyone has a great time and we can surpass our fundraising goals, it a great day for ElderHouse!” said Denise Cesareo, executive director at ElderHouse, the Norwalk, CT based nonprofit adult day center.

This year’s dancers included Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke (Norwalk); Hank Fatigate, general manager, Little Pub Wilton (Wilton); Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer, Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group (Wilton); Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner, All Seasons Marine Works (Rowayton/Westport); Karen Kelly, senior vice-president First County Bank (Stamford); Andrea Kostanecki, realtor, William Pitt Sotheby’s (Rowayton); and Kristin McClutchy, owner, Pure Barre Darien (Darien).

The star dancers competed for coveted awards, and voting saw top awards go to:

  • Best Performance by a Male: Hank Fatigate of Little Pub Wilton
  • Best Performance by a Female: Karen M. Kelly of First County Bank
  • People’s Choice Award (voted for by attendees): Nate Gottlieb of All Seasons Marine
  • Best Friend to ElderHouse (most money raised for ElderHouse pre-event: Eric Ferraris of Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group
  • Above and Beyond Special Award (for outstanding contribution and effort to help make event a success): Carolyn Donohue-Ulman of Dooney & Bourke

Judges for the event were Christine Titus, owner and artistic director of Conservatory of Dance in Wilton; Ted Thomas, associate artistic director of The New England Academy of Dance in New Canaan; and Gina Zangrillo, president of Darien Sport Shop in Darien.

The extraordinary fundraising outcome was the combined result of ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

About ElderHouse

Celebrating its 40th year serving the community, ElderHouse Adult Day Center is a highly-regarded nonresidential facility that delivers nurturing, respectful, and responsive hands-on care along with recreational activities to senior adults living with aging diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, stroke, depression, heart disease, and diabetes. ElderHouse provides award-winning adult care and socialization in a safe and nurturing environment. It offers seniors the opportunity to remain as independent as possible, while sharing time with others, receiving necessary medical care, and affording time and peace of mind to caregivers. www.elderhouse.org.

Community Soundings: Collegiate honors, Submit your pics...

By Darien News

Seven Darien natives were awarded faculty honors for the fall semester at Trinity College in Hartford: Olivia F. Barden, Shelby D. Grant, Olivia A. Hoyda, John D. Mackie, Helena I. Nicholls, Annabel H. Nottebohm and Cassidy C. Schiff.

Faculty honors are awarded to students with a semester grade-point average of at least 3.667 on four graded courses, with no individual grade below B-, and no incomplete grades pending.

The Darien Arts Center is once again holding its annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, which will be accepting entries at darienarts.org from April 2 through May 16.

Adults (18 and up) and students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in six categories: “People and Pets,” “Landscape and Nature,” “Travel: Near and Far,” “Food,” “Humor” and “Abstract.”

The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.

All entries will be presented in a slideshow at a June 1 Award and Reveal Reception in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.

To find out more about the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

A family-owned lumber, building supply and home improvement company is sponsoring a museum exhibit which gives children the opportunity to use real tools and real materials to create.

Thanks in part to a generous donation by Darien-based Ring’s End Inc., children are tinkering, creating and making at Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The Mega Making exhibit returned to the museum in September, blending learning and play in a unique, hands-on manner that celebrates children’s creativity.

Featured at Stepping Stones during the summer months in 2015 and 2016, the expanded, new-and-improved Mega Making experience is will be offered until Labor Day to allow school groups to put their students’ building and making skills to the test during school visits.

The Mega Making experience is organized into four main areas: art, textile, construction and woodworking, and book nook and future ideas.

The Mega Making exhibition was also made possible by the generosity of supporting sponsor First County Bank.

The Darien Arts Center is seeking funding through The Impact Vine, an initiative founded by the Community Fund of Darien, for its spring production of “Cabaret.”

The Impact Vine is an online giving platform that allows donors to support projects they are passionate about, and local nonprofits to raise funds for socially important projects in the community.

DAC Stage, the DAC’s community theater group, in collaboration with The Lipstick Project — an all-female acting troupe from Darien and surrounding towns — is producing the first all-female cast of Kander and Ebb’s musical. The show will open April 27 and run three weekends at the arts center’s Weatherstone Studio.

The DAC is a visual and performing arts school with a community theater program that must rely on fundraising, as tuition and ticket sales do not cover yearly operating expenses. In striving to keep members of the community engaged and entertained, the production of “Cabaret” will employ six musicians, a sound technician and a choreographer, while engaging a cast and crew of over 40 volunteers. Potential audience numbers may reach upwards of 800 people.

Donations will help pay for musical direction, musicians and costuming required for the production. DAC Stage is hoping the town of Darien will support this initiative and attend the show and is seeking $3,100 in funding.

Supporters investing $150 or more will be given a complimentary ticket to a performance of choice and will be acknowledged on the DAC website. Donators investing $250 or more will be given two complimentary tickets and will be acknowledged on the website and in the show program. Donators investing $500 or more will be given four tickets, will be acknowledged on the website and in the show program, and will be serenaded by a cast member at their VIP prepared table.

To support the production, visit theimpactvine.org. For tickets, go to darienarts.org.

The Darien Arts Center is at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien town Hall. For information, call 203-655-8683.

Darien Arts Center is accepting applications for the Ginny Wright Scholarship, given in memory of Virginia Wright to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college.

Applications and portfolios are due April 5.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community.

For application forms and information, visit darienarts.org or call the DAC office at 203-655-8683.



First County Bank New Fairfield Branch Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony


WHAT: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new First County Bank branch in Fairfield, CT

WHO: Confirmed Attendees and Dignitaries will include:

Attendees from First County Bank Senior Management Team:

Rey Giallongo, Jr. – Chairman & CEO; Robert Granata – President & COO; Willard Miley – SVP, Director of Retail Banking; Peter Rugen – SVP, Chief Administrative Officer; Karen Kelly – SVP, Chief Digital Banking Officer

Guests from the Town of Fairfield and State Legislative Representatives:

Town of Fairfield:

First Selectman, Michael Tetreau

Economic Development, Director Mark S. Barnhart

Fairfield Chamber President, Beverly Balaz

State level:

State Senator Hwang

State Representative Kupchick

WHEN: 1 P.M. Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WHERE: First County Bank - 1312 Post Road, Fairfield, CT

WHY: Celebration of First County Bank expansion into Fairfield, CT with the opening of a new bank branch centrally located in The Town of Fairfield, across from the Fairfield Library and near the Fairfield Metro North Train Station.

HOW: Confirmed Bank Attendees and Government Dignitaries are available for interviews and photos.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 166 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including online and mobile banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

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First County Bank and Bobby Valentine Sports Academy Collaboration

By First County Bank, Connecticutplus.com

STAMFORD, CT - First County Bank along with Bobby Valentine and his team are excited to announce a new collaboration between First County Bank and the Bobby Valentine Sports Academy (BVSA). First County Bank is now the official field sponsor of BVSA’s new 40,000 square foot indoor sports facility.

BVSA has been in Stamford for over 12 years and recently moved into its new facility located at 4 Largo Drive in Stamford, CT. The new BVSA building boasts 40 foot ceilings, a 15,000 square foot turf field, two multi-surface areas and six batting cages. On any given day, you can observe one-on-one baseball and softball instruction, team practice on the full field, lacrosse skill training and IQ development, soccer team/small group training, football practice for local high schools and even large scale community events that can host over 800 guests.

“First County Bank’s relationship with Bobby Valentine and BVSA is exciting to the Bank and exemplifies its mission to support local communities in Fairfield County. The BVSA facility is quickly becoming a sporting home for young athletes and families in Fairfield County, and hosts corporate events, fundraisers and sporting tournaments,” said Rey Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “The functionality of the facility and its multi-sport activities provide opportunities for the community to train, network and create lasting relationships which supports our strategic community-minded mission.”

“First County Bank has been servicing our community since 1851. They have a personalized approach to customer service as does BVSA. We believe when you find a partner that treats others the same way you do, it makes for a great like-minded relationship,” said Bobby Valentine. “I am thrilled with our partnership with First County Bank. Teaming up with such a great local banking institution is an honor.” Mr. Valentine is a Stamford native and has been a First County Bank customer for most of his life.


First County Bank inks sponsorship deal with Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy

By Kevin Zimmerman, Westfair Online

First County Bank has signed a deal to become the official field sponsor of Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy’s new 40,000-square-foot indoor sports facility.

BVSA, which has been in Stamford for 12 years, recently moved into its new facility at 4 Largo Drive. The building features 40-foot ceilings, a 15,000-square-foot turf field, two multi-surface areas and six batting cages.

In addition to baseball, lacrosse, soccer and football, the venue can host community events for over 800 guests.

“The functionality of the facility and its multisport activities provide opportunities for the community to train, network and create lasting relationships, which supports our strategic community-minded mission,” First County Bank Chairman and CEO Rey Giallongo Jr. said.


Moffly Media to Host ‘Women in Business’ Conference

By Greenwich Sentinel

Moffly Media announces their 10th Annual Women In Business – “Women, Wealth & Wisdom” Conference, which will be held Wednesday, May 16 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Greenwich Country Club. The event will feature an all-day forum for professional women and women business owners to gain knowledge and skills relevant to their business, mingle and network, share expertise and explore best practices and new opportunities. The program will also feature a welcome breakfast, interactive sponsor sessions covering a variety of topics, a networking lunch, keynote speaker and Women of Influence awards ceremony.

First County Bank’s Sara Tucker and Sandra Greer with Special Guest Suzanne Stillwell, Jade Marketing Solutions, present “Spotlighting Your Brand with Authentic Messaging.” Nichols MD of Greenwich’s Dr. Kim Nichols presents “Looking Your Best at Any Age.” Pullman & Comley Attorneys: Nancy A.D. Hancock, Karen Jeffers and Megan Carannante present “Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs.” Darby Fox, Child and Adult Family Therapist, presents “Bringing Your Family Into Balance.”

A luncheon and keynote presentation by Emilie Rubinfeld, President of Carolina Herrera, will follow the seminars. The event will conclude with an awards presentation hosted by former News 12 Connecticut’s Emmy Award-winning anchor Rebecca Surran. This year’s Women of Influence honorees include: Corporate Leader: Alisa H Bahl, Senior Vice President, Clinical Solutions; Women’s Business Advocate: Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner, 1843 Capital and Entrepreneurs of the Year: Flavia Cattan-Naslausky and Camilla Gazal, Co-owners of Zaniac Greenwich and Co-CEOs, Summit 7 Holdings, LLC. These four honorees have been nominated and chosen by their peers as women business leaders who innovate and succeed in their area of expertise.

Moffly Media will donate a portion of the event ticket’s proceeds to Breast Cancer Alliance.

Full Day conference tickets are available for $140 (which includes continental breakfast and lunch) or the Luncheon, Keynote & Awards ceremony tickets for $80. Tickets can be purchased directly at ilovefc.com/Women-in-Business-2018