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BANK GIVES $100K TO STAM­FORD MU­SEUM & NA­TURE CEN­TER

First County Bank, lo­cated in Norwalk, has gifted $100,000 through its First County Bank Foun­da­tion to the Stam­ford Mu­seum & Na­ture Cen­ter. Specif­i­cally, the gift is sup­port­ing the on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams at the cen­ter’s new Knobloch Fam­ily Farm­house, which will serve chil­dren and adults from Norwalk and through­out Fair­field County for gen­er­a­tions to come.

This gift will be paid in $20,000 in­stall­ments over a five-year pe­riod.

“Giv­ing back is part of who we are as an or­ga­ni­za­tion and, as ed­u­ca­tion is a key fo­cus of our Foun­da­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, we are proud to sup­port non­prof­its such as the Stam­ford Mu­seum & Na­ture Cen­ter, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is a vi­tal cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional re­source to us all,” said Reyno A. Gial­longo Jr., First County chair­man and CEO and pres­i­dent of the First County Bank Foun­da­tion.

Since 2001, the First County Bank Foun­da­tion has awarded non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in­di­vid­ual grants worth more than $8.5 mil­lion.

En­rich­ment pro­grams at the Knobloch Fam­ily Farm­house will be held year­round for school groups, campers and fam­i­lies. The Farm­house will also pro­vide a teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the Aligned-With-OurS­chools-Pro­gram, which has in­creased by 300 per­cent, serv­ing 33,350 school-age chil­dren.

“What this Farm­house al­lows us to do is re­ally trans­for­ma­tional both in terms of our cam­pus and the ser­vices we can pro­vide,” said Melissa H. Mul­rooney, the cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and CEO. “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to all our friends at the First County Bank Foun­da­tion for tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port this ex­cit­ing new fa­cil­ity and all of the ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties that will take place in and around it for years to come.”

Erik Traut­mann / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Vol­un­teer Ginny Green ar­ranges items for the St. Paul’s on the Green Hol­i­day Mar­ket on Wed­nes­day in Norwalk. The mar­ket at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church, which is open through Sun­day, of­fers one-of-a-kind gifts from lo­cal crafts­man as well as other sea­sonal gift items.

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