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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: March 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington Trust Again Offers Free RI Beach Pass with New Checking Account

Bank’s I Luv RI Campaign Celebrates Rhode Island’s State Beaches

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Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust is once again offering a free Rhode Island State Beach Pass Season’s Pass to anyone who opens up a new checking account with a $50 recurring direct deposit. The beach pass can be used this summer any of Rhode Island’s eight state beaches, including: Charlestown Breachway, East Beach, East Matunuck, Misquamicut, Roger Wheeler, Salty Brine, and Scarborough North and South.

“Washington Trust is Rhode Island’s bank,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Founded in Rhode Island in 1800, we’re the largest independent bank headquartered in the State. Our ‘I Luv RI’ campaign celebrates everything that’s great about Rhode Island. What better way to share our love of the Ocean State than provide people with an opportunity to obtain free beach passes?”

Washington Trust checking account customers will receive a gift certificate for a Rhode Island state beach pass when their first $50 direct deposit is posted to their new checking account. A Washington Trust checking account also includes free online banking and bill payment, a free debit card with rewards, free mobile banking and more than 100 convenient ATM locations.

The gift certificate, valued at $60, may be redeemed for a state beach pass beginning May 18, 2013 (weekends only) through Memorial Day at Misquamicut, Roger Wheeler, Scarborough, and East Matunuck state beaches. Passes will be available daily at all State beaches after Memorial Day. The gift certificates are transferable and do not expire. Non-Rhode Island residents may redeem the gift certificate towards the cost of an out-of-state season’s beach pass.

“We are delighted that Washington Trust is once again featuring Rhode Island state beaches as part of its ‘I Luv RI’ campaign,” said Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit. “Rhode Island has some of the most spectacular beaches that can be found anywhere, and sharing them with family, friends and visitors creates memories that last a lifetime. Our world-class, state-of-the-art beach facilities are among the state's major tourist attractions and generate billions of dollars for the local and state economy every year.”

For more information about Washington Trust’s Free Rhode Island State Beach Pass promotion, or the Bank’s “I Luv RI” campaign, visit www.washtrust.com or email the Bank at marketing@washtrust.com.  This promotion will end on June 10, 2013.

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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