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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: March 1, 2013

Washington Trust Employees Kick Off 13TH Annual Peanut Butter Drive

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Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust recently kicked off its 13th Annual Peanut Butter Drive at the company’s Employee Fest, challenging employees to bring in peanut butter or donate online to the Rhode Island Food Bank. Employees donated 325 lbs. of peanut butter and raised an additional $1860 through online donations, enough for the Food Bank to buy 1,488 jars of peanut butter.

“Our employees have always been dedicated to the Peanut Butter Drive and ensuring hungry children across the State have access to healthy meals,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In the past 12 years we’ve fed more than 3 million Rhode Islanders through this drive.”

Rhode Islanders can drop off a jar of new, unopened peanut butter during the month of March at any of Washington Trust’s 18 branch locations. All donations made to a branch will be sent to a local food pantry in the community. Online donations can be made at www.rifoodbank.org/peanutbutter. All online donations go directly to the Rhode Island Food Bank.

For more information about the 13th Annual Peanut Butter Drive, or to get involved, please visit www.peanutbutterbank.com.

The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3 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 commercial banking, small 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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