Harry T. Rein and First County Bank and the First County Bank Foundation were honored for their long-time support, involvement and commitment to Waveny and its mission.
“In recognition of his consistent generosity, valued leadership and penchant for getting things done, it is our great privilege to honor our dear friend, Harry Rein,” said Tom Lewis, Waveny’s Board Chair. 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 -2010. He has supported and participated in “Swinging for Seniors,” Waveny’s Golf & Tennis fundraiser in support of its resident assistance fund, from inception, and has hugely 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 Lewis. “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. An independent, mutual community bank that has served Fairfield County since 1851, First County Bank commemorated their historic 150 year milestone in 2001 by establishing the First County Bank Foundation, which distributes grants to local non-profit organizations. Today, some 14 years later, the Foundation has given over $7 million in grants to help recipients deliver upon their missions and improve quality of life for those most in need.
Projects at Waveny supported by the Bank and Foundation have made a lasting impact upon the lives of many. Their funding has 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 most recently, an upcoming LED lighting retrofit and upgrade both inside and outside Waveny.
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