First County Bank today announced its sponsorship of the 35th annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival to be held Sept. 7-9, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk.
The bank has been an ongoing supporter of the festival since 2007, increasing its financial commitment each year culminating as the event’s presenting sponsor.
“We are proud to participate as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Oyster Festival and building on the success and enthusiasm surrounding Norwalk Seaport Association’s mission of celebrating and raising public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime heritage,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “As a community bank, our commitment to supporting local nonprofit organizations has always been to give people in our communities a voice and a chance to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”
As presenting sponsor, First County Bank is entitled to a number of branding and exhibition opportunities, as well as participation in many of the festival events.
“Funding from First County Bank allows us to keep a 35-year-old tradition alive and well in Norwalk,” said Irene Dixon, president of the board of trustees at the Norwalk Seaport Association. “The bank’s sponsorship dollars have had a tremendous impact on our organization over the years and we appreciate its participation. We love having First County Bank as part of the Norwalk Seaport Association family.”
Karen Kelly, chief marketing officer of First County Bank, said the bank became more involved with the Oyster Festival over the years as the association’s need for sponsorship dollars has increased. This is the second consecutive year that the bank decided to be the event’s main sponsor.
“First County Bank sees the Oyster Festival as the summer hallmark event in Fairfield County,” said Kelly, adding, “And as a community bank with branches from Greenwich to Westport — three in Norwalk alone — it is important for First County Bank to support the festival.”
The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival and do not receive funding or services from the City of Norwalk or any other municipality. In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve. The organization also offers special events, maritime education programs and habitat restoration projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, visit www.seaport.org or call (203) 838-9444.