First County Bank Profile, In Our Community

Roosevelt Simmons: One of the World’s Ten Nicest People

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Pictured (left to right): Hank Herman & Roosevelt Simmons

In November, Hank Herman of the Westport News wrote an article, The Home Team / The world’s 10 nicest people (Part 2). In the article, Herman lists ten of the world’s nicest people living in Westport, from “Joe the Italian Mailman” to “Sam at Mobil”; and in the mix our very own, “Roosevelt at First County Bank”.

“Roosevelt at First County Bank: Our youngest son Robby thinks Roosevelt, Assistant Branch Manager at our local First County on the Post Road, is the coolest person on the planet. He’s also one of the nicest. You know those commercials where they try to make banking seem fun and friendly? Roosevelt actually does that. Except that I have to figure on a 20-minute visit, so we can dissect and solve the problems of the Jets, Mets, and Knicks.”

We couldn’t agree more – next time you’re in Westport be sure to stop by the branch and meet one of the ten nicest people in the world – you won’t be disappointed.

For the full article, click here or visit: http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/The-Home-Team-The-world-s-10-nicest-people-12329097.php

In Our Community

Support Local Businesses – Small Business Saturday is Tomorrow!

In 2010 American Express launched the first Small Business Saturday, encouraging shoppers nationwide to support local business. Since then, billions of dollars are spent on this Saturday at small and local businesses by tens of millions of people.

We are now encouraging you to do the same! Don’t do all your shopping at big retailers today or online on Monday, plan to spend some time shopping tomorrow and support our local businesses.

In Our Community

First County Bank & Palmer’s Market Donate Turkeys to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Greg Palmer, Owner, Palmer’s Market,  Amzad Latiff, Director of Operations, Palmer’s Market, Tashi Tsering, Meat & Seafood Manager, Palmer’s Market, Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank.

Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Greg Palmer, Owner, Palmer’s Market, Amzad Latiff, Director of Operations, Palmer’s Market, Tashi Tsering, Meat & Seafood Manager, Palmer’s Market, Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank.

First County Bank teamed up with Palmer’s Market to donate 100 turkeys, a $1,500 donation, to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Weighing in at over 1,200 pounds, these turkeys will be provided to local nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, and Wilton.

First County Bank is collecting food donations for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County at all Branches through the end of the year. For branch locations, go to: https://firstcountybank.com/branch-hours-locations-and-directions. Every donation is greatly appreciated.

 

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular

atlanticJoin us for this fun filled event as First County Bank volunteers navigate the streets of downtown Stamford handling the Paddington Bear helium balloon. Come out with the whole family and cheer us on as we hand out spin signs.

One of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, this event features everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands and fabulous floats. Fun for the whole family!

For event details or contact information, click here.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Celebrate World Teacher’s Day

World Teacher’s Day was established October 5th, 1994. World Teacher’s Day commemorates the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) actions of setting international standards for teacher organizations. The standards set by UNESCO help to recognize the great contributions teachers make to their students through education and development.

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We also recognize the great contributions that teachers make in our community, which is why we developed the FirstClass Grant for Teachers. Through this program, we hope to help fund creative educational programs for teachers inside the classroom. You too can show your appreciation of teachers by spreading the word about this opportunity. For more information or to apply for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, click here or visit: http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Bank News, In Our Community

Westport Library and First County Bank Announce Mutual Support of Library’s Transformation Project

The Westport Library and First County Bank are pleased to announce mutual support of the Library’s long-awaited Transformation Project. The Transformation Project is a $19.5 million-dollar sweeping renovation of the existing 1986 facility that kicked off earlier this month. First County Bank is providing bridge financing for the project’s capital campaign through a competitively priced customized financial solution.

Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank speaking at the Westport Library's Transformation Project ground-breaking.

Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank speaking at the Westport Library’s Transformation Project ground-breaking.

“A project of this nature is simply not possible without the strong support of many community partners,” said Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer. “We are proud and grateful to have First County Bank as one of those key partners. Their belief in the mission and vision for the new Library and what it will mean for the community we serve has been critical in finally getting the shovel in the ground on this exciting transformation.”

“Having been in Westport for 21 years and an independent community bank for 167 years, we, like the Library, have learned about staying relevant in our communities. We understand the changing landscape in library science, education and the plan put forward by the Library team is nothing short of visionary,” said First County Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rey Giallongo. “We are proud to support this transformation and invest in such a community treasure.” First County Bank is also providing full banking services to the Library, as a result of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process initiated by The Library.

In addition to the bridge financing from First County Bank, funding for the Transformation Project is being provided by a variety of sources. Public dollars from the Town of Westport were approved in January of 2017 when the Town’s RTM unanimously approved the allocation of $5 million for the initiative. The town’s funding will cover the cost to replace the dated and inefficient mechanical systems – the HVAC, plumbing and elevator – which are original to the 1986 facility. The Library also applied for and received a $1 million dollar grant from the Connecticut State Library. The bulk of the funding is being raised by private donors. To date, the Library has raised $17 million for the project.

 

In Our Community

First County Bank Announces Recent Winners of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

We are excited to announce that the winners of the FirstPrize $avings $1,000 drawing was Marie and Kamisha Byas of Stamford, CT who had a joint account. FirstPrize $avings is an innovative basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

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“We have plans for this money. Kamisha and I agreed it would be a down payment for my car,” said Marie. Photographed are Jennifer Garcia, Assistant Branch Manager of the First County Bank Prospect Street Branch, Kamisha and Marie Byas, and Robert Granata, COO and President of First County Bank.

“I’m thrilled to present Marie and Kamisha with $1,000 for winning the Bank’s FirstPrize $avings account drawing,” said Robert Granata, COO and president of First County Bank.  “First County Bank developed the new product in order to provide a cash prize incentive to encourage people to save, while making saving money exciting.”

Responding to the overwhelming need for consumers to increase their savings, First County Bank designed the FirstPrize $avings account to inspire those over the age of 18 to save by encouraging frequent and consistent deposits. This behavior reinforces the habit of saving with the fun of earning chances for a cash prize. With each eligible deposit of $25 or greater into this savings account, account holders can automatically earn chances to win $1,000. Account holders can earn up to ten chances per month and up to 30 chances per three month drawing period. A winner is selected in a random drawing held four times per year. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

In Our Community

Bank Employees Donate $1,500 to The Undies Project

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 Fairfield County receives the employee donation.

“The Undies Project was selected to help those affected by personal hardships. We are proud of our employees helping others through The Undies Project,” said Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank. The Undies Project was set up in November 2015 by Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor to provide new underwear to men, women and children to improve their lives, and is a registered 501(c)(3) charity based in Cos Cob, CT.

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From left to right: AnnaMaria Pace, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Virginia Cheney, Board member; The Undies Project; Reyno Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Lucy Langley, Co-president, The Undies Project; Laura Delaflor , Co-president, The Undies Project; Mamie Lee , Board member of The Undies Project; Robert Granata, President and COO, First County Bank.

If you would like to learn more about The Undies Project or support their mission, click here or visit: www.theundiesproject.org.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Kids in Crisis, SilverSource, and YWCA Greenwich

In big and small ways we’ve been making a difference in your community through our Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

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Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens – $5,000
“The mission of the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is to provide a sanctuary to explore, enjoy, and learn about the habitats of the natural world.” Pictured (Left to Right): Patricia Sweeney, VP, Portfolio Manager, First County Bank; Andrea Chusid, Director of Development, Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens; Jane Von Trapp, CEO, Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.

Kids in Crisis – $10,000
“Founded in 1978, Kids in Crisis provides free, round-the-clock help for Fairfield County, Connecticut children, teens and parents of all socio-economic levels dealing with any type of crisis, including abuse, neglect, family conflict and more.” Pictured (Left to Right): Jagjiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Jeff Robinson, AVP, Branch Manager Greenwich, First County Bank; Deborah Ross, Grant Writer, Kids in Crisis; Alon Marom, Executive Director, Kids in Crisis.

SilverSource – $10,000
“Every day, we work to meet the challenges of older adults with individual care, integrity and respect they deserve.” Pictured (Left to Right): Camilo Duque, AVP, Branch Manager Stamford, First County Bank; Brian Brinkley, Medical Transportation, SilverSource; Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director, SilverSource; Karen Kelly, SVP, Chief Digital Banking Officer, First County Bank

YWCA Greenwich – $2,500
“YWCA Greenwich is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” Pictured (Left to Right): Meredith Gold, Director of Domestic Abuse Service, YWCA Greenwich; Mary Lee Kieman, President & CEO, YWCA Greenwich; Jagjiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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In Our Community

First County Bank Employees Donate School Supplies

This summer, First County Bank 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 2017-2018 school year. First County Bank employees donated over seven grocery bags of pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, calculators, highlighters, erasers and three large boxes filled with notebooks and binders to fill 102 backpacks. The backpacks and school supplies were distributed by the Human Services Council as part of their Family Day celebration.

First County Bank employees Rick Zaremski, Margaret Beck, Jeanne Aulicino, Patty Sweeney, Jack Dowling, Tiffani Valentin, Suzanne Dean, Romanita Cheverez, Sheila Content, Sandy Holbrook, Denise Conzo, Robert Granata, president and COO, Caroline Cardona, Sara Tucker, Nino Antonelli, Jennifer DaSilva and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO, are pictured with donated backpacks filled with school supplies for the Human Services Council’s Family Day.

First County Bank employees Rick Zaremski, Margaret Beck, Jeanne Aulicino, Patty Sweeney, Jack Dowling, Tiffani Valentin, Suzanne Dean, Romanita Cheverez, Sheila Content, Sandy Holbrook, Denise Conzo, Robert Granata, president and COO, Caroline Cardona, Sara Tucker, Nino Antonelli, Jennifer DaSilva and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO, are pictured with donated backpacks filled with school supplies for the Human Services Council’s Family Day.