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June  2021

CONTACT: Ginger Katz
PHONE: (203) 831-9700


The Courage to Speak® Foundation Receives Funding from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc.

Larry Katz and Ginger Katz, Co-founders of the Courage to Speak Foundation and J. Singh, Business Banking Officer of First County Bank.

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant award from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc.  This grant will aid in the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s mission of “Saving lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about drugs” by supporting the Courage to Speak® – Courageous Parenting 101® “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond” a course designed for parents to keep their children safe.

Through the dedication and charitable nature of First County Bank, its Directors, Corporators, Officers and Employees, the Bank strives to make a difference in the communities that it serves. This is illustrated by their unwavering commitment to local charitable needs.

Established in 2001 in honor of First County Bank’s 150th anniversary, the First County Bank Foundation, Inc. was created to distribute funds annually to non-profit organizations that support education enrichment of family and children, community and economic development and affordable housing. As a mutual community bank, First County Bank has no stockholders; they consider contributions made by the Bank along with the Foundation as a means of paying dividend back to the local communities they serve in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Westport. For more information, visit 

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, has presented to hundreds of thousands of people across the country since losing her son to a heroin and prescription drug overdose. The Courage to Speak® Foundation, along with experts in the field, has created drug prevention programs for students in elementary, middle and high school as well as for parents.

 The Courage to Speak® Foundation is driven to broaden their reach and touch the lives of more families throughout Connecticut and beyond. For more information, please visit or call 203-831-9700.


About The Courage to Speak® Foundation
The Courage to Speak® Foundation, Inc. exists to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Ginger Katz founded the nonprofit organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry pledged to do everything in their power to help prevent such a tragedy from happening to another family. The Courage to Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary (based on Sunny’s Story), middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101. Ms. Katz has given nearly 1,000 presentations to over a million young people and the adults who care about them. Please visit