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Washington Trust Chairman & CEO Edward O. “Ned” Handy III presented Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America Award

June 23, 2022

Washington Trust Chairman & CEO Edward O. “Ned” Handy III was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America during their annual awards luncheon on June 22. The Distinguished Citizens Award is given in honor of the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee, who was a Scout in his youth and a Narragansett Council alumnus. Ned was recognized for his leadership and his involvement in the community and shared that he still embraces many of the lessons he learned when he was a Boy Scout.

“The values I learned through Scouting- a Scout should be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent!- have served me well throughout my life and career. I know that Scouting will continue to have the same kind of positive impact on youth for years to come.”

John Michael (Mike) Falvey, Founder and CEO of Falvey Insurance Group, was also recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award during the event.

The annual luncheon raises funds for the Narragansett Council’s Scoutreach Program, which ensures that over 1,100 youth in low-income neighborhoods have access to Scouting activities. Scoutreach provides paid staff from the Council to serve as Cubmasters and Scoutmasters, and is active in locations across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, serving individual requests from families. Funds pay for programming, uniforms, equipment and summer camp scholarships. Yesterday’s luncheon raised $320,000 for the Scoutreach program and will ensure that all youth in Southeastern New England, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background, have access to Scouting programming and all its benefits.

“We are proud to honor Mike and Ned for their dedication and contributions to their communities while raising money for Scoutreach.” said Tim McCandless, Scout Executive & CEO. “We have raised over $6 million dollars for Scoutreach over the last 30 years with the DCAL event alone, while celebrating community members who go above and beyond for others.”

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