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Filling in the Blanks receives $2,000 donation

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Representatives of Filling in the Blanks receive donation from Reyno A. Giallongo, Chairman & CEO, First County Bank and Agnieszka Maciejewski, Branch Manager, First County Bank.

The last Friday of every month is a special Jeans Day, for First County Bank employees. Employees donate $10 for the opportunity to wear jeans to work, which is collected by the Bank’s Jeans Day Fund. On a quarterly basis, participating employees vote to determine which organization in Lower Fairfield County receives the employee donation.

Filling in the Blanks, a New Canaan-based nonprofit, was voted as the recipient of the most recent Jeans Day Fund donation. We are proud to announce that we were able to raise and donate $2,000. This donation will help support Filling in the Blanks’ mission to provide weekend meals to needy children, who are in their free or reduced lunch program. Each child is provided with a bag of non-perishable, easy to prepare food items.

If you would like to learn more about Filling in the Blanks or support their mission of fighting childhood hunger, visit the Filling in the Blanks website.

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Help Us, Help You

ClipBoardEvery year the First County Bank team takes time to ask and review the wants and needs of our customers through our survey. If you have not done so already, we strongly urge each and every one of our customers to take this 5-10 minute survey, as we truly do listen.

In 2015, savings was something many customers felt a concern with or something they needed help with. In 2016, First County Bank launched the FirstPrize $avings account in an effort to make saving a more attractive and rewarding option. In 2016, customers said that retirement planning and savings were a top concern and priority moving forward. In 2017, we will be launching initiatives to respond to this concern.

Have a part in the customer voice this year as we truly do listen. You, the customer, are the driver – tell us where you want to go, so we can help you get there. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete the survey.

Take the survey now.

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First County Bank Foundation Grant Applications Now Being Accepted Convenient Online Application

First County Bank Foundation LogoFirst County Bank Foundation announces the availability of its 2017 grant application for nonprofit organizations in lower Fairfield County. This year, the application can be conveniently completed online. The deadline for submitting standard grant applications is March 31, 2017.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must have nonprofit tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the communities of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport. Applicant organizations must support community and economic development, increase the availability of affordable housing or support quality of life and educational enrichment for families and children. Since the First County Bank Foundation was formed in 2001, it has awarded individual grants exceeding $7.5 million. The Grant application form is available on the Bank’s website at: http://www.firstcountybank.com/application-process.

“Each year we look forward to receiving and evaluating incoming grant applications. It is always gratifying to see the breadth and depth of programs that our local nonprofits are spearheading. And, for those first-time grant applications, we welcome the opportunity to get to know you better,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “First County Bank Foundation and First County Bank’s directors, corporators, officers and employees, take great pride in distributing charitable contributions to local nonprofit organizations to help assure local needs will be met.”

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Congratulations to Denise Doria!

DSC_1326 Doria retouched (1)Earlier this week the Greenwich YWCA announced its 2017 Brava Award nominees. The YWCA Brava Award recognizes “professional women who have excelled in their professional careers and have given back to the community through their time and talent.”

We congratulate Denise Doria, for being named a 2017 YWCA Greenwich Brava Award Nominee. Denise is a First County Bank Corporator and member of the Board of Directors. Denise embodies the Brava Award values; through her professional career and community support efforts she is an ideal recipient for this award. We are proud to have Denise as a member of our Board and as an active member of our local community.

Denise, along with ten other nominees, will be honored at the 40th Annual Brava Award’s Luncheon on Friday, February 10th at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m.

The proceeds from this event goes toward providing free programs and scholarships to those in our community. For Brava Award tickets, sponsorships or program advertising, contact the YWCA Greenwich.

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FirstPrize $avings: First-Ever Winner!

IMG_5827FirstPrize $avings launched in October 2016 as an account that would help promote savings. An account holder’s first 10 deposits per month of at least $25 earn entries into a drawing for a chance to win $1,000! The first drawing period came to a close on November 30th and the winner was selected, soon after.

Congratulations to Brooke Ann Bean of Stamford, the first-ever FirstPrize $avings Winner! Brooke opened her account at the Darien Branch, which happened to be the very first FirstPrize $avings account opened at the Branch. “I’m happy to present Brooke Bean with $1,000 from the Bank’s very first FirstPrize $avings account drawing,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “First County Bank developed FirstPrize $avings, which provides a cash prize incentive that encourages people to save, and makes saving money exciting.”

Congratulations to Brooke, the Darien Branch as well as all account holders who saved money. We hope that this account continues to excite and encourage people to save. The next drawing period ends February 28, 2017 – join the fun, open an account today and start saving!

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Fairfield University & First County Bank, National Finalists

Fairfield_ShieldStudents from Fairfield University wanted to enter the Conference of State Bank Supervisor’s (CSBS) Community Bank Case Study Competition. So, in early 2016, they approached First County Bank to participate as their primary case study for the competition. Their request was simple, to work with First County Bank as their major corporate entry and to tell the Bank’s story from a performance and managerial perspective. The Bank was more than willing to help these students as were some First County Bank customers. We are proud to announce that these Fairfield University students were not only named as a finalist in this national collegiate competition, but they excelled in portraying the culture of the Bank and our community focus.

To view the video, click here.

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First County Bank donates to Academy of Information Technology & Engineering Parent Teacher Student Organization

We presented a $1,000 donation to Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) on September 20, 2016. This donation commemorates the grand opening of the new First County Bank limited access branch at AITE and supports the high school PTSO activities.

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Pictured are: David Martin, mayor, City of Stamford, Tina Rivera, principal, AITE, Reyno A. Giallongo Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank, Sue Feldman, Elizabeth Kitay and Regan Allan, AITE parents and PTSO members, and Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank.

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First County Bank Employees Donate School Supplies

This summer, our employees participated in the Human Services Council’s “Donate a Backpack for Family Day” program to provide students with backpacks and school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year. First Count Bank employees donated pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, calculators, highlighters, erasers, notebooks, folders and 88 backpacks with a total of $2,760.00 in school supplies which were distributed by the Human Services Council as part of their Family Day celebration.

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Pictured with donated backpacks filled with school supplies for the Human Services Council’s Family Day are (second from left) Giovanna Pisani, Director of Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition at Human Services Council; with First County Bank employees (pictured left-to-right): Rachel Valenzon; Robert Granata, president and COO; Parthena Kotzageridis; Jim Darling, Kira Delia; Jennifer DaSilva; Christiano Basile; Eric Pace and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO.

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First County Bank Foundation announces FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers Applications due October 31, 2016

We are FCB_FirstClassGrantpleased to announce the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a new grant program developed exclusively for public school teachers. Eligible grant recipients are Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and Westport public school districts. Grant applications are due by October 31, 2016. 
 
FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples may include providing materials to create an aquaponics garden, to build a solar oven to roast s’mores, or to create a tsunami or volcano. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for the current 2016-17 school year.
 
“We developed the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers to commemorate the 15thanniversary of First County Bank Foundation,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “We believe students will benefit by inspiring teachers to conduct exciting and creative learning experiences. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting lower Fairfield County families, children and education.” Since 2001, First County Bank Foundation has awarded over 1,000 individual grants worth over $7.5 million.
 
Applications can be completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2016.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony opens the Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival

As the presenting sponsor, we are announcing the 39th annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the event opening Saturday, Sept. 10th through Sunday, Sept. 11th, 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, and is once again the event’s presenting sponsor.

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The Ribbon Ceremony included State Senator Bob Duff, Norwalk Seaport President Vincent Scicchitano, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, First County Bank Chairman and CEO Reyno A. Giallongo Jr., Norwalk Seaport Association Chairman Mike Reilly, First County Bank President and COO Robert Granata, and several 2016 Oyster Festival volunteers.