Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank and vice president of First County Bank Foundation, and Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank and president of First County Bank Foundation, present the Community Legacy Award to Al DiGuido of Al’s Angels (center). (contributed photo)
STAMFORD, CT - First County Bank Foundation hosted its Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships on November 14th at the Stamford Sheraton, where the Foundation presented its first annual Community Legacy Award to Al DiGuido, founder of Al’s Angels. With over 150 guests in attendance, the Foundation announced that annual grants for 2018 will exceed $650,000, bringing the Foundation’s total giving since inception in 2001 to nearly $9 million.
In naming, Al DiGuido the first Community Legacy Award honoree, First County Bank Foundation recognizes the impactful work of a local citizen who demonstrates both commitment and passion to a most worthy cause. DiGuido, a Westport resident, is recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the interactive advertising and marketing industries. His business experience includes positions as CEO of Zeta Interactive, a full-service digital agency; CEO of Epsilon Interactive, a top-tier email service provider; and, CEO of Bigfoot Interactive, an interactive creative design agency. DiGuido is passionate about philanthropy and has helped to raise millions of dollars in support of families with children battling cancer for Tomorrows Children’s Fund in Hackensack, New Jersey. His desire to expand the reach and impact to a wider net of hospitals, clinics, other health care facilities and families led him to establish Al’s Angels, as a 501C3 charitable organization. Today, Al’s Angels has over 1000 active Angel members and provides holiday meals and gifts to over 2,500 families and 6,000 children in the tristate area, many in Fairfield County. Funds for this work are generated through personal donations and a series of Al’s Angels fundraising activities with 100% of monies collected going directly to children and their families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardships.
“First County Bank Foundation is proud to present Al DiGuido with the first Community Legacy Award,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation and CEO of First County Bank. “Through his work with Al’s Angels, Al has made a positive impact on local families with children battling cancer and other rare blood diseases. During these difficult times, Al and his organization are truly angels to those families.”
Established in 2018, the First County Bank Foundation Community Legacy Award recognizes the exceptional achievements and meaningful contributions of an individual or couple, residing in the towns of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan or Westport, 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 Community Legacy Award honoree receives a commemorative plaque and $1,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.