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New Canaan's Waveny Celebrates Donors For Steadfast Support

Harry T. Rein, left, and Reyno Giallongo, Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of First County Bank and president of First County Bank Foundation.
Harry T. Rein, left, and Reyno Giallongo, Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of First County Bank and president of First County Bank Foundation. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – With more than 200 friends of Waveny LifeCare Network in attendance, Waveny thanked its many contributors, including Harry T. Rein, First County Bank and the First County Bank Foundation, at a donor recognition reception.

A key Waveny advocate for decades, Rein has actively served Waveny as a volunteer board member, board treasurer, finance committee co-chair, board vice-chair and chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010. He has supported and participated in “Swinging for Seniors,” Waveny’s golf and tennis fundraiser, in support of its resident assistance fund, and has supported the organization’s most critical projects and campaigns, both as a contributor and an influencer.

“Outside of Waveny, Harry’s history and contributions are equally as significant,” said Tom Lewis, Waveny’s board chair. “His expansive volunteerism has made countless positive impacts on our community and beyond.”

“Waveny is too important an asset to be known by so few people,” said Rein, with an emphasis on spreading awareness of Waveny’s mission throughout the community. “Our future requires that our younger generations become more aware of Waveny, its vital purpose and good work.”

First County Bank and the First County Bank Foundation were recognized as well for their significant support of Waveny over many years. First County Bank commemorated their historic 150-year milestone in 2001 by establishing the First County Bank Foundation, which as of today, has given over $7 million in grants.

Projects at Waveny supported by the bank and foundation have enabled enhanced patient communication through a modern nurse call system at Waveny Care Center, the purchase and installation of a 750 kilowatt generator powerful enough to light up Waveny’s entire main campus during power outages, and an upcoming LED lighting retrofit and upgrade both inside and outside Waveny.

“First County is proud to support worthy charitable organizations like Waveny, which provide essential services and improve the lives of the people they serve,” said Reyno Giallongo, Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of First County Bank and president of First County Bank Foundation. “Much can be accomplished when businesses and individuals work together to support vital community programs.”

The event was held Thursday, Oct. 22.

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