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Washington Trust and The Chorus of Westerly Celebrate Five Decades of Community Partnership


Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust has supported the Chorus of Westerly for more than five decades, providing assistance that has helped the 200+ member Chorus renovate their performance hall; fund their annual Summer Pops event; and support their performances abroad. The community partnership is more than financial support, as Washington Trust annually sends a team of volunteers to set up the staging and the acoustic performance "shell" for the Summer Pops in Downtown Westerly's Wilcox Park.

Washington Trust has supported the Chorus' annual Summer Pops celebration since its inception 34 years ago. This year, Washington Trust again acted as the Presenting Sponsor for the event, with Washington Trust President & COO Edward (Ned) Handy presenting an $11,000 check to Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of the Chorus of Westerly, Andrew Howell, Music Director for the Chorus and Doug Rayner, Chairman of the Summer Pops.

"Organizations like the Chorus of Westerly excel at bringing together their community with events like the Pops," said Handy. "Here at Washington Trust, we take our distinction as the largest community bank headquartered in Rhode Island quite literally. We are very much a part of each and every community we serve and our history with the Chorus is a great example of that commitment."

Washington Trust volunteers were also on hand the morning before the Summer Pops, spending their day prepping the staging and park for the event.

"The Chorus of Westerly is so very grateful to have had a community partner in Washington Trust for over five decades now," explains Saunders. "Whenever we have approached Washington Trust for support, guidance, or leadership they have answered the call. We are especially grateful for their major roll in supporting such a great community tradition as Summer Pops for the past 34 years. Their support of the Pops and of so many Chorus projects - past, present, and in the future - has really shaped the arts environment of our town, our state, and our entire region and, indeed, changed lives. Washington Trust is a true champion of the arts, the town, and the Chorus of Westerly."

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: July 1, 2014


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