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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: October 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington Trust & I LUV RI Partner with Confreda Farms Rhode Island Corn MAiZE

Celebrates Farm’s 90th Year

MAiZE

Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust recently announced its partnership with Confreda Farms to help the farm celebrate its 90th Anniversary with a Rhode Island Corn Maize that’s part of the Bank’s I Luv RI campaign. The MAiZE, which opened on September 15, is a 10-foot-high labyrinth carved out of a cornfield the size of 6 football fields, and its design incorporates the state of Rhode Island and Confreda’s 90th anniversary. “Washington Trust and Confreda Farms are long-time, successful Rhode Island-based businesses,” stated Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President, & CEO. “This I Luv RI partnership allows us to share our love of the Ocean State with our friends and neighbors.”

As one of Washington Trust’s signature I Luv RI events, Rhode Islanders will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Maize. In addition, Washington Trust and Confreda Farms will be holding an I Luv RI Day on Saturday October 6, 2012 from 12:00-4:00 PM with raffle prizes and giveaways.

“Our fall activities have become a family tradition over the years. During our 90th year celebration, we are happy to partner with Washington Trust and support the efforts of quality family and children entertainment on the farm,” said Raymond Aubin, General Manager, Confreda Farms. “Their roots in Rhode Island history are well documented and their commitment to community aligns perfectly with Confreda's mission.”

The MAiZE will open on weekends from mid-September through October 28 from 10am-6pm (last ticket sold at 5pm). For more information on Confreda Farms, please visit www.confredas.com.

Washington Trust created the I Luv RI campaign as a way to celebrate all that’s great about Rhode Island, focusing on the businesses, organizations, events and places that make the Ocean State special. The I Luv RI campaign reaches thousands of Rhode Islanders each day and features free promotional opportunities, monthly coupons, and spotlights to promote local businesses and organizations. For more information on I Luv RI, please visit www.iluvri.com

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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