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DATE: August 22, 2012

Washington Trust among area’s most prolific blood drive sponsors

Westerly, Rhode Island... Trust, the nation’s oldest community bank, has again been recognized by the Rhode Island Blood Center as among the area’s most prolific blood collection sponsors. For the ninth year in a row, Washington Trust has been presented a Seasons’ Pass framed print by the Blood Center, given to sponsors of four or more blood drives a year. Unframed prints are presented to four-time or more a year blood donors.

“The Washington Trust blood program has grown significantly over the years,” said Frank Prosnitz, Rhode Island Blood Center’s Communications Manager. “From four drives a year, Washington Trust has grown to 27 last year.”

Besides drives at its corporate headquarters in Westerly, Washington Trust holds blood drives at many of its branches, located throughout Rhode Island. Over the last nine years, the bank has collected nearly 1,000 pints of blood. Since each pint collected has the potential to save three lives (three products are taken from each pint of whole blood – red cells, platelets, and plasma), donors at Washington Trust drives have potentially saved close to 3,000 lives.

“That’s quite an investment in the community,” said Jennifer Whelihan the Rhode Island Blood Center’s Account Manager for the South County territory. The Blood Center’s Seasons’ Pass program is in its 10th year, and was developed to encourage individuals to donate four or more times a year, once each season. The Blood Center works with a prominent local artist or photographer, who creates an original piece, prints of which are only distributed to four-time a year donors or sponsors.

The print that Washington Trust received is a beautiful colored pencil painting of yachts racing off Newport by one of Rhode Island’s most renowned artists, Kendra Ferreira. The artist for this Seasons’ Pass year is Cindy Baron of East Greenwich, whose painting will be unveiled in early March 2013. Since the program’s inception, the number of four-time a year donors has more than doubled.

About the Rhode Island Blood Center: The Rhode Island Blood Center, founded in 1979, collects some 280 units of blood every day, distributing blood products primarily to patients in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is the sole supplier of blood products to hospitals in Rhode Island. To donate blood and platelets individuals must be 17 years of age, weight 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Sixteen-year-olds may donate if they weigh 130 pounds, have a parental permission slip (available on the Blood Center’s web site), and be in general good health. For information about blood drives, donor centers, and blood facts, visit the Rhode Island Blood Center’s web site, www.ribc.org.

The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3.0 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH. Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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