Aloha, Salote!

Tooele, UT (December 20, 2017) — During one of the merriest months of the year, Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation partnered with Make-a-Wish Utah to bring some extra holiday joy to 13-year old Salote, battling cancer. Together, they held a winter luau-themed wish reveal for Salote to surprise her with the news that her wish to go to Hawaii will be funded by the We Promise Foundation and granted by Make-A-Wish Utah.

Held at Chartway’s branch located at 562 North Main Street in Tooele, UT, more than 50 people – including Tooele City councilwomen and mayor-elect Debbie Winn; Tooele City councilman Dave McCall; Chartway’s president & CEO, Brian Schools; Chartway’s executive vice president / chief operating officer, Kim Little; Chartway’s regional president, Skip Wilson; We Promise Foundation vice chairman, Heidi Worker; CEO of Make-a-Wish Utah and Chartway board member, Jared Perry, and many more, attended the big reveal where Salote arrived by limousine and received a lei greeting – in addition to cheers and high-fives as she traveled across a red carpet rolled out just for her.

Following the theme of Salote’s wish and her love of Hawaiian culture, the winter luau featured a performance by a Polynesian dancer, a surprise Haka by Salote’s uncles to honor her battle, and a special presentation for Salote where We Promise Foundation vice chairman, Heidi Worker, read the signature Make-A-Wish Utah wish reveal scroll to announce that Salote’s wish was officially being granted thanks to a charitable grant from the We Promise Foundation.

Salote’s life changed drastically when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in January 2017. Salote has undergone a rigorous treatment plan, which eventually resulted in the amputation of her leg. Despite the challenges, Salote’s positive attitude, shining smile, and courage continues to inspire those around her.

“The We Promise Foundation is honored to provide the financial support needed to make Salote’s wish come true,” stated We Promise Foundation chairman, Phil Richards. “Bringing joy, hope, and smiles to courageous children like Salote is what we’re all about and we’re grateful that our partnership with Make-a-Wish allows us to make a difference right here in one of the communities we serve.”

MAWU CEO Jared Perry agrees. “Chartway Federal Credit Union and the We Promise Foundation are vital partners in granting wishes in our community,” he said. “Wishes are life-changing experiences for all involved, and we were excited to witness this power first-hand as we joined together to tell Salote that her wish is being granted.”

The We Promise Foundation and Make-A-Wish Utah have been making wishes come true for children battling life-threatening conditions across the state. Since partnering with Make-A-Wish Utah in 2011, Chartway Federal Credit Union and the We Promise Foundation have donated $1,300,000 to Make-a-Wish Utah to grant the wishes of 285 children in Utah.

Salote and her family with members of Chartway, We Promise Foundation, and Make-a-Wish Utah.

Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation hosted a winter luau-themed wish reveal for Make-A-Wish Utah wish kid, Salote. Pictured (left to right): Chartway’s regional president, Skip Wilson; Chartway’s executive vice president / chief operating officer, Kim Little; Salote’s mom, Darcy; CEO of Make-a-Wish Utah and Chartway board member, Jared Perry; Salote’s brothers Tau & Tui; Salote; Salote’s dad, Taimani; Chartway’s president & CEO, Brian Schools; and We Promise Foundation vice chairman, Heidi Worker.

Attendees at Salote's Luau

Held at Chartway’s branch located at 562 North Main Street in Tooele, UT, more than 50 people attended the winter-themed luau where Salote arrived by limousine and received a lei greeting – in addition to cheers and high-fives as she traveled across a red carpet rolled out just for her.

Chartway’s We Promise Foundation and Make-A-Wish Utah have been making wishes come true for children battling life-threatening conditions across the state. Since partnering with Make-A-Wish Utah in 2011, Chartway Federal Credit Union and the We Promise Foundation have donated $1,300,000 to Make-a-Wish Utah to grant the wishes of 285 children like Salote in Utah. Pictured (left to right): Salote; CEO of Make-a-Wish Utah and Chartway board member, Jared Perry; and Chartway’s president & CEO, Brian Schools.

Salote; CEO of Make-a-Wish Utah and Chartway board member, Jared Perry; and  Chartway’s president & CEO, Brian Schools

About Chartway's We Promise Foundation

As the charitable arm of Chartway FCU, the We Promise Foundation is dedicated to providing life changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $10M to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children. For more information, visit www.WePromiseFoundation.org; or, visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Chartway Federal Credit Union

Chartway Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial institution, has been proudly serving members for more than half a century. Guided by its vision, mission, and values, the $2 billion credit union is dedicated to making life more affordable for its 180,000 members through its multi-state branch network and a full slate of online, mobile, and telephone banking services, including mobile deposit, mobile bill pay, and digital wallets. As one of the largest credit unions in the country – with membership concentrations in Virginia, Utah, and Texas – Chartway is consistently recognized for its financial strength, its ability to make life affordable for its members, and for its philanthropic contributions through its charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, which has raised more than $10 million to provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. For more information, visit www.Chartway.com; or, visit them on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

About Make-A-Wish® Utah

Make-A-Wish Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish offers a quality wish experience. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit utah.wish.org.