Westerly, Rhode Island (PRESS RELEASE \u2013 July 31, 2011) - The Washington Trust Company, the state\u2019s largest independent bank, understands what it takes to build a successful business in Rhode Island and is dedicated to investing in the state\u2019s economy. As part of this commitment, the Bank has announced its \u201cI Luv RI\u201d campaign, featuring an exclusive \u201cI Luv RI\u201d Facebook page and website www.iluvri.com, and is partnering with local businesses and organizations to celebrate what\u2019s great about the Ocean State. \u201cWashington Trust was founded in Rhode Island in 1800, so we understand the important role local business plays in the Rhode Island economy,\u201d stated Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. \u201cThe \u201cI Luv RI\u201d campaign allows us to further lend support to local businesses by offering a venue where they can promote their services,\u201d continued MarcAurele. \u201cThere are many wonderful things to experience in this great state and we want folks to take advantage of everything we have to offer.\u201d All Washington Trust business customers, and those interested in partnering with the Bank, are invited to take part in the campaign, which features displays and digital advertising in the Bank\u2019s branch offices, as well as on the Bank\u2019s \u201cI Luv RI\u201d Facebook page and website at www.iluvri.com. The website connects to a Facebook page that offers businesses free promotional opportunities, including monthly coupons, business spotlights, and networking on the \u201cI Luv RI\u201d Facebook wall. The website and Facebook sites will also engage visitors by offering a photo gallery, trivia, event listings, and fun facts about the smallest state in the union. Facebook Fans may also participate in \u201cI Luv RI\u201d merchandise giveaways and contests. At tonight\u2019s \u201cBest of Rhode Island\u201d event at Providence Performing Arts Center, Washington Trust will announce a partnership with Rhode Island Monthly for an \u201cI Luv RI\u201d photo contest. People are invited to submit their favorite Rhode Island photo on the "I Luv RI" Facebook page for a chance to have it published in a 2012 monthly issue of Rhode Island Monthly. Monthly photo winners also receive an \u201cI Luv RI\u201d gift basket, and one of twelve special Rhode Island experiences, including stays at Watch Hill\u2019s Ocean House resort, The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, as well as exclusive ticket packages to Trinity Rep, Rhode Island Philharmonic and more. The campaign also features a number of signature events which will appear on the "I Luv RI" Facebook page in the upcoming months aimed at highlighting what makes Rhode Island a great place to live and do business. On August 22nd, celebrate Washington Trust\u2019s 211th birthday with discounts at Roger Williams Park Zoo; October 7th, opening night the PBruins kicking off their 20th Anniversary Season at the Dunkin Donuts Center; December 23rd, don\u2019t miss Rhode Island\u2019s biggest in-state basketball rivalry as the PC Friars take on the URI Rams at the Ryan Center. About the Washington Trust Company The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $2.9 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, southeastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts. Washington Trust has 17 branches throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut, with a new branch in East Providence, RI due to open in September 2011. The Corporation\u2019s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select\u00ae Stock Market under the symbol WASH.