In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Oyster Festival 2018: Thank You to Our Volunteers!

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival was a success! Cloudy skies and occasional rain didn’t keep die-hard Festival-goers from attending and enjoying the many rides and food choices– from funnel cakes to gyros to lobster. Attendees enjoyed unique arts and crafts, games, rides, and attractions. The highlight of the weekend was our volunteers at the spinning wheel who encouraged visitors to spin for a chance to win a pair of sunglasses, lip balm, or a water bottle. Our booth drew big crowds, each guest hoping for a prize! Everyone was a winner.

An annual favorite, the teal bags were a hit with thousands handed out by volunteers. By the end of the weekend, we had achieved a sea of First County Bank teal bags wandering through the carnival and the other attractions.

 

We thank all of the volunteers who spent part of their Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with us to staff our tent. Visit our Facebook page for a complete photo gallery.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off Official Start of Norwalk Oyster Festival

The ribbon has been cut which kicks off the official start of the 41st Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival! We’re happy to be the Presenting Sponsor at this awesome 3-day family event which will be held on Fri., Sept. 7 – Sun., Sept. 9 at Norwalk Veteran’s Memorial Park.  

For more information, visit https://www.seaport.org/Oyster-Festival

Left to right: State Senator Bob Duff; State Rep. Terrie Wood; Robert Granata, President and COO, First County Bank; Mike Reilly, Chairman, Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival; Mayor Harry Rilling, City of Norwalk; Willard Miley, Executive VP, First County Bank; State Rep. Fred Wilms; and State Rep. Gail Lavielle.

Sponsorships & Events

Join Us at the Norwalk Seaport Association’s 41st Annual Oyster Festival

First County Bank is pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 41st Anniversary of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival. The festival opens on Friday, September 7 and runs through Sunday, September 9, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. We have been a sponsor of the event since 2007. Our employees and senior management will be manning a tent at the entrance to the Oyster Festival. Stop by the tent to meet the team and pick up free giveaways!

The Oyster Festival offers three days of family-friendly activities and entertainment with local and national headliners Funky Dawgz Brass Band on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by Deep Banana Blackout jazz-funk band at 9 p.m.; Steve Augeri, the former lead vocalist for Journey on Saturday, September 8 at 8 p.m.; Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, a Jimmy Buffet style tribute band on Sunday, September 9 at 4 p.m.

Children and families will enjoy the kids wristband special on Saturday and Sunday with unlimited rides from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a $25 bracelet. Stop by the Kids’ Cove for games, rides, and children’s activities under the Big Top circus tent. Thrill seekers will love the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show and the 65-foot Gondola Ferris Wheel. Attractions also include the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, more than 100 juried arts and crafts vendors in the New England Seaport Village, diverse dining choices in the Food Court, and a wide variety of vendors and exhibitions.

For tickets, hours, and more information, visit the Norwalk Seaport Association’s website. https://www.seaport.org/Oyster-Festival

Photo: Robert Granata, president and COO, First County Bank, Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Willard Miley, executive vice president, First County Bank.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

First County Bank Teams Up with Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy to Offer FirstAthlete Access

First County Bank and Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy (BVSA) are excited to announce a special offer for our customers. We’ve teamed up with BVSA to offer FirstAthlete Access, a Bank customer appreciation program.

Available at all First County Bank branches, the FirstAthlete Access coupon offers a $350 value BVSA appointment for athletes of all ages to improve their game. This includes a choice of: 30 minute baseball or softball evaluation; 60-90 minute performance training session (age dependent); or entry into a BVSA baseball or softball clinic (six 1-hour, weekly sessions).

Left to Right – Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, with Bobby Valentine, founder of Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy and Willard Miley, senior vice president and director of Retail Banking, First County Bank.

In April 2018, First County Bank became the official field sponsor of BVSA’s 40,000 square foot indoor sports facility. The BVSA facility is a sporting home for young athletes and families in Fairfield County and hosts corporate events, fundraisers and sporting tournaments. Since the Sports Academy and First County Bank both are invested in serving the community, this partnership could not be a better match.

For more info about Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, visit http://bvacademy.com.

Sponsorships & Events

Mark Your Calendars: Women in Business Event May 16th

On Wednesday, May 16th Moffly Media will host their 10th Women in Business Event with First County Bank as one of the presenting sponsors.

This event will be hosted at the Greenwich Country Club from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Women of Influence Honorees include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Emilie Rubinfield, President, Carolina Herrera
  • Corporate Leader – Dr. Alisa H. Bahl, PhD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Health Solutions, Optum Health
  • Entrepreneurs of the Year – Flavia Cattan Naslausky & Camilla Gazal, Co-Owners, Zaniac Greenwich and Co-CEOs, Summit 7 Holdings, LLC
  • Women’s Business Advocate – Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner, 1843 Capital

For more details or to purchase tickets, click here or visit: womeninbusinessfc.com.

Small Business Profile, Sponsorships & Events

Two Can’t-Miss Events for Local Small Businesses


If you’re a local small business, here are two events you shouldn’t miss.

Financing Options for Small Business
This free SCORE Small Business Workshop, takes place at the Darien Library, Tuesday, May 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. co-sponsored by Darien Library and First County Bank. This workshop will inform you about the different ways for small business owners to find capital sources via various Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Programs. SBA programs work with commercial banks and nonprofit lenders to help small business owners.

Click here or the link below to Register Today.

Link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=iihhcwbab&oeidk=a07ef6440mua7a9ac46

Cybersecurity…Don’t Be a Victim!
This Business Panel Discussion is open to the public and takes place at the Darien Library Community Room, Wednesday, May 16th. Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. followed by the panel discussion and networking opportunities from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Members of the panel:

  • Mark Rosenbloom, Vice President, Manager of Cash Management Services, First County Bank
  • Garry Feldman, Founder, U.S. Computer Connection
  • Sherwin Yoder, Partner, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, LLP
  • Mark Schulz, Vice President & Account Executive, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company
  • Moderator: Jack Horner, Merrill Lynch, Darien Chamber of Commerce Chairman

No registration required.

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.

Sponsorships & Events

First County Bank Presenting Sponsor of 40th Anniversary of the Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival

Photo caption L to R: Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank. As the presenting sponsor, First County Bank presents their sponsorship check to the Norwalk Seaport Association for the 2017 Oyster Festival.

Photo caption L to R: Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank. As the presenting sponsor, First County Bank presents their sponsorship check to the Norwalk Seaport Association for the 2017 Oyster Festival.

First County Bank is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the 40th Anniversary of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival being held from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. The Bank has been the event’s presenting sponsor for ten years, since 2007.

First County Bank employees and senior management will be manning a tent at the entrance to the Oyster Festival. Attendees can stop by the tent to meet the team and pick up free giveaways. The Oyster Festival offers three days of continuous family-friendly activities and entertainment. Entertainment headliners include Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, Desert Highway, an Eagles tribute band, and Eight to the Bar.

“We are excited to once again take part in the Norwalk Oyster Festival as the presenting sponsor,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “As a community bank, we see events such as these as wonderful opportunities to get involved in our community and support local nonprofit organizations.”

“To celebrate our 40th Festival, we are thrilled to be back to a full schedule for three days and three nights, from Friday and Saturday we are open until 11pm and Sunday until 8pm,” said Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman. “The Norwalk Seaport Association thanks First County Bank for supporting the Festival as Presenting Sponsor for the last ten years.”

The Oyster Festival offers other popular including the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show performing motorcycle high wire acts and other daredevil stunts (www.nervelessnocks.com). The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (www.lumberjackent.com) is returning to present their popular show. The Kids Cove area offers children and families rides, carnival games and children’s live entertainment. The Arts & Crafts Pavilion features over 100 artisans and crafters with items for sale. The Food Court offers international specialties, an oyster slurping contest and seafood, while the Craft Beer Tent features over 40 varieties of beer.

Sponsorships & Events

Talented Teen Chefs Battle with Maple Syrup

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 10.47.18 AMFive talented teen chefs will compete in First County Bank’s Teen Chefs Challenge event at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during this year’s Maple Sugar Festival Weekend held on March 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, March 4, the teen chefs will compete in an exciting competition to create the best-tasting recipe, using maple syrup as an ingredient. This year marks the 17th anniversary of First County Bank sponsoring this family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring.

On Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lillian (Lilly) Roman of Easton, Isabelle Braten of Wilton, Vanessa Romano of Stamford, Shannon Lyons of Stamford and Connor Turpin of Greenwich are scheduled to battle it out in the kitchen at the Main House, Bendel Mansion.

The teen chefs will present their culinary creations for the public and celebrity judges to sample. Judging will be conducted with the winner declared by popular vote and by a panel of celebrity judges: Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Karen Kelly, Senior Vice President, First County Bank; Jim Calkins, Executive Chef and Owner, Seasonal Catering; Rylie Walker, the 2016 winner of the First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge. The winning chef and recipe will be announced at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maple Sugar House.

“The First County Bank Chefs Challenge is a highlight of the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend,” said Robert Granata, COO and President, First County Bank. “The Maple Sugar Festival provides an excellent opportunity for these young chefs to showcase their culinary abilities and further develop their talent. Maple syrup, of course, is the key ingredient that each teen chef needs to incorporate into their dishes for the public and celebrity judges to taste and judge. We appreciate each of the teen chef’s contributions to the entertainment and look forward to a weekend full of great food, fun, learning and old-fashioned New England traditions.”

About the Chefs

Lillian (Lilly) Roman, 16                                               

Joel Barlow High School, 11th grade

Easton, CT

Lilly is entering the competition because “I really enjoy baking and hope to make a career out of it. This would be a good experience for my first steps in becoming a professional baker.” Her competition recipe will be banana maple bread pudding with maple cream sauce topped with maple whipped cream and a maple glazed banana chip.

Isabelle Braten, 13

Middlebrook School, 8th grade

Wilton, CT

Isabelle has been cooking and baking with family and friends since she was 5 years old. Not only does Isabelle cook for her family every day, she is always baking special treats for friends and teachers at school. Isabelle has learned various techniques from taking cooking lessons and watching her favorite cooking shows on The Food Network. When Isabelle is not in the kitchen you can find her playing the flute, laughing with friends or ballroom dancing.

Vanessa Romano, 13

Rippowam Middle School, 8th grade

Stamford, CT

“I love to bake and cook, but baking is my favorite.  I love to try different recipes and sometimes add a little something new to a recipe for a change.  Sugar cookies are my favorite since I was a little girl. I also love the way a house smells after you’ve baked.” Vanessa plans to make maple syrup sugar cookies shaped like leaves for the competition.

Shannon Lyons, 16

J.M. Wright Technical High School, 10th grade

Stamford, CT

Shannon has been baking with her mom and dad since she was in Kindergarten, when she started baking brownies for her birthday to take to school. “I think participating in the Teen Chefs Challenge would be a wonderful opportunity to further my culinary skills.  I look forward to creating a recipe and developing it to create the best taste and flavor profile.” When Shannon is not in the kitchen baking, she loves reading, volunteering with K-2nd graders and learning American Sign Language (PSE).

Connor Turpin, 15

J.M. Wright Technical High School, 10th grade

Greenwich, CT

Connor has been cooking and baking with his dad since he was 10 years old. Now he enjoys baking many different foods. “I would like to participate in the Teen Chefs Challenge because it sounds like a fun event and will give me the opportunity to showcase my kitchen skills.” When he is not creating treats in the kitchen, he plays ice hockey and works at the ice rink in Greenwich.

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Women in Business Conference

Our own Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Banking and Sandra Greer, Vice President, First County Advisors had the pleasure of addressing attendees of Moffly Media’s Women in Business Conference on the topic of “Hidden Strategies for Business Effectiveness.”

Thank you to Moffly Media for organizing this great event, and to all the women taking time out of their busy schedules to attend.