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Washington Trust Presents $5,000 Check to the RI Blood Center

Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust President & COO Edward (Ned) Handy presented a $5,000 check to the Rhode Island Blood Center on behalf of the Washington Trust Charitable Foundation. The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation provides charitable grants to 501(c)3 organizations whose work benefits the communities served by the bank.

Additionally, following the check presentation, the Rhode Island Blood Center presented a framed print to Washington Trust as part of its Seasons’ Pass program. Now in its 12th year, the Seasons’ Pass program invites a local artist to create an original work of art for the Rhode Island Blood Center, prints of which are distributed to four time a year donors and framed prints to major sponsors. For 2013-14 (March 1, 2013 – Feb. 28, 2014, the Seasons’ Pass year), Washington Trust held 28 blood drives at its main headquarters and branches, collecting 181 pints of blood. Since each pint of blood is separated into three components – red cells, platelets and plasma – each donation potentially can save up to three lives, which means the 181 donations helped 543 people. Since this program began in 2003, Washington Trust has collected 1,003 pints of blood, potentially saving 3,009 lives.

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is one of New England’s premier financial services companies, providing mortgage banking, commercial banking, small business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services to individuals and institutions through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ OMX®, symbol: WASH). Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: April 22, 2014


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