Karen Kelly, Richard Koch, Clif McFeely, Robert Granata
STAMFORD, CT - First County Bank Foundation hosted its Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships early last month at the Stamford Marriott, where the Foundation presented the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award to Richard E. Koch.
Over 140 guests were in attendance including representatives from 45 local nonprofits, First County Bank Board Members and Corporators. Guest speaker Clif McFeely founder of Future Five - a Stamford based nonprofit dedicated to connecting under-resourced high school students to mentors, presented on the “Power of Connection”. "It was an honor to be selected to speak about Future 5 at the Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships. I have been very fortunate over the years to see the "Power of Connection" at work in Stamford, and it was on display in full force at the First County Bank Foundation event” said McFeely.
First County Bank Foundation awarded the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award (formerly Community Legacy Award) to Richard Koch for his dedication to giving back to his local community. Koch, a Norwalk resident, has been an active volunteer throughout Fairfield
County for over 40 years. Koch is the longest serving volunteer with Darien EMS- Post 53 and a Board of Directors member. Some of Koch’s additional volunteer engagements include: tutoring math, physics, and chemistry at Grassroots Tennis & Education in Norwalk, truck driver for furniture pick-ups for St. Luke’s yearly Tag Sale in Darien, and a participant in the annual food drive with Darien based Person-To-Person. When Koch sees a need, he jumps in to action to support his community. First County Bank Foundation was impressed by Koch’s community involvement, and for that he was recognized to receive the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award.
“First County Bank Foundation is proud to recognize Richard Koch with the 2019 Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award. Dick’s long-standing commitment to the local community embodies the true spirit of the award. We’re thrilled that Dick graciously accepted this honor at our annual event”, stated Robert J. Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.
Established in 2018, and renamed in 2019, the First County Bank Foundation Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award recognizes the exceptional achievements and meaningful contributions of an individual or couple, residing in the towns of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport, who through their actions, experience, talent and skills, directly benefits activities and programs in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, education or quality of life for families and children, as consistent with the First County Bank Foundation mission. The Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award honoree receives a commemorative plaque and $2,500 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.