First County Bank Foundation
Announces Annual Reyno A. Giallongo
Community Legacy Award Recipient

STAMFORD, CT, December 28, 2023First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that Rosalea S. Fisher and Richard S. Fisher of Stamford, CT, are the recipients of the 2023 Reyno A. Giallongo Community Legacy Award. A commemorative award plaque along with a $2,500 donation, $1,250 each to be directed, in the name of the Fishers, to local nonprofits, Starfish Connection and Learning in Retirement, were presented at a reception held on December 19th in Stamford at the Bank’s Summer Street branch.

Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, First County Bank Foundation’s 2023 Reyno A. Giallongo Community Legacy Award winners, with Robert Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.

Regan Allen of Starfish Connection, with the Fishers and Robert Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.

Roslyn Nesin of Learning in Retirement, with the Fishers and Robert Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.

The Fishers are long-time Stamford residents with an extraordinary track record of community involvement. Richard continues to practice law as “Of Counsel” with Nemchek & Poeschl in Stamford, specializing in estate planning and probate and elder law. He has held numerous leadership positions in local organizations including co-founder, board member and chair of the Fairfield County Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association which subsequently merged into the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where he served as chair, board member and president, Junior Achievement of SW CT, and director and vice chair of the Stamford Symphony. Fisher continues to be involved locally and is currently a board member and former chair, Stamford Senior Center; board member, Senior Men’s Association of Stamford; board member, Learning in Retirement, a volunteer with Wheel-it-Forward; and an active member of the Jewish War Veterans post in Stamford.

Rosalea Fisher’s volunteer work has contributed to numerous local Fairfield County nonprofits. Fisher, a former Stamford public school educator, is currently a member of the board of trustees of Starfish Connection and was a long-time mentor providing educational support and guidance. She is a member of the program committee of Learning in Retirement, a member of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of United Jewish Federation, working in the communities of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and a member of the Core Committee of the Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement (SIRS), tutoring children in English. Fisher’s past volunteer work includes serving as the first woman president of Temple Beth El in Stamford.

“The philanthropic activities of Rosalea and Richard Fisher exemplify the spirit of the Reyno A. Giallongo Community Legacy Award. Their ongoing commitment to the local community has impacted countless local nonprofits over the years,” stated Robert J. Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation. “We’re proud to recognize such a deserving couple as the Fishers with this year’s award,” added Granata.

“We were thrilled and surprised to learn we had been chosen as this year’s honoree. The work we do in the community is extremely rewarding as we consider it a privilege to be able to give back to those local nonprofits that support our most vulnerable neighbors,” stated the Fishers. “We thank First County Bank Foundation for its continuing support of the causes that we’re passionate about,” added the Fishers.

Established in 2018, the Reyno A. Giallongo Community Legacy Award, named after First County Bank’s retired Chairman and CEO,  recognizes the exceptional achievements and meaningful contributions of an individual or couple, residing in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, or Bridgeport, who through their actions, experience, talent and skills, directly benefit 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 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 over 170 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 14 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 $2 billion and is a winner of the Hearst Connecticut Top WorkPlaces 2023 award. For additional information, please visit, or follow us @Firstcountybank on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.