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Washington Trust Holds Ribbon Cutting for 19th Branch in Johnston, RI


Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust, the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island kicked off the opening of their 19th branch at 1383 Atwood Avenue in Johnston with a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday. Along with representatives from The Washington Trust Company including Chairman and CEO Joe MarcAurele and President and COO Ned Handy, the Ribbon Cutting event was attended by Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, State Representatives Frank Ferri, Gregory Constantino and John Carnevale and Johnston Town Councilman Anthony Verardo.

At the ceremony, Washington Trust President Ned Handy and Johnston Branch Manager Dan Orovitz presented a check to Joanne Quinn, Executive Director of the Autism Project of Rhode Island , the branch’s first community partner in Johnston.

“It may have taken us 214 years, but ‘Rhode Island’s Bank of Choice’ is now in Johnston and we are pleased to serve the businesses and residents of the town,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Others in attendance from Washington Trust included Deb Gormley, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, Mark Gim, Executive Vice President, Wealth Management, Jim Hagerty, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer and Dennis Algiere, Senior Vice President and Director of Community Affairs. Other Johnston community members in attendance included Deborah Ramos and Kelly Patz with the North Central Chamber and Anthony Autiello Sr. of A. Autiello Construction Company who oversaw the project in Johnston.

The community Grand Opening event for the branch will take place on Saturday, May 31st from 10:00AM until 12:00PM and feature the Roger Williams Zoomobile, the PawSox mascot Paws, radio-station 92 PRO FM and free refreshments including Pinkberry. The Grand Opening will also feature a community shred event hosted by Washington Trust and Cintas from 9:00AM until 1:00PM as well as the opportunity to enter the “Millionaire For the Day” contest.

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®: WASH). Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: May 30, 2014


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