First County Bank gift supports education at Stamford Nature Center

By New Canaan Advertiser

New Canaan, CT– The First County Bank Foundation has committed $100,000 to help support ongoing educational programs attached to the Knobloch Family Environmental Education Farmhouse, he Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

This gift, part of the Campaign for Future Generations at the Stamford Nature Center, will be paid in $20,000 installments over a five-year period.

“Giving back is part of who we are as an organization and, as education is a key focus of our Foundation activities, we are proud to support nonprofits such as the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, an organization that is a vital cultural and educational resource to us all,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., First County chairman and ceo, and president of the First County Bank Foundation.

The new farmhouse includes an indoor gathering space for nature and agricultural experiential learning, an overlook terrace with views of the Center’s existing landscape and pastures of Heckscher Farm, as well as a large multi-purpose room and mobile teaching kitchen. Enrichment programs will be held year-round for school groups, campers and families.

“What this Farmhouse allows us to do is really transformational both in terms of our campus and the services we can provide,” said Melissa H. Mulrooney, executive director and CEO of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. “We are extremely grateful to all our friends at the First County Bank Foundation for taking the opportunity to support this exciting new facility and all of the educational activities that will take place in and around it for years to come.”

“It has been exciting to have been involved in the Farmhouse project and to now see it come to life,” said Karen M. Kelly, First County Bank’s chief digital banking officer, and the foundation’s vice president.

Kelly also serves on the Stamford Museum & Nature Center Board of Directors. “To have our institution associated with an organization at this level, especially one that is so beloved by the community, is very special and to be able to support the educational activities that the Farmhouse will provide is rewarding to us all.”

Photo: New Canaan: The First County Bank’s gift supports education at the Stamford Nature Center. First County Bank in New Canaan has gifted $100,000 through its First County Bank Foundation to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Standing at the Nature Center are, from left, Karen M. Kelly, First County Bank’s chief digital banking officer and vice president of First County Bank Foundation; Robert J. Granata, First County Bank president and COO and vice president of First County Bank Foundation; Harry Day, president, Board of Directors, Stamford Museum & Nature Center; Melissa H. Mulrooney, executive director and CEO, Stamford Museum & Nature Center; and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., First County Bank chairman and CEO and president of First County Bank Foundation.