Virginia Beach, VA (May 31, 2019) – On May 29, 2019, Chartway Federal Credit Union joined together with local leaders for two ribbon-cutting celebrations at local branches in Portsmouth and Suffolk, VA, which also included a special Wish Proclamation for four-year-old Parker in partnership with Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia.
The day kicked off in Portsmouth, VA, as Chartway celebrated its newly-renovated Olde Towne branch located within the Portsmouth City Hall building alongside John Rowe, Jr., Portsmouth mayor; Lisa Lucas-Burke, Portsmouth vice mayor; and Shannon Glover, Portsmouth city council member. Following the ribbon-cutting celebration at Chartway’s Olde Towne branch, the credit union then hosted a second ribbon-cutting in Suffolk, VA, to celebrate its newly-constructed branch located within the popular Obici Place complex, which features a variety of shops and eateries. During the event attended by Leroy Bennett, vice mayor of Suffolk; Patrick Roberts, Suffolk city manager; Suffolk city council members Roger Fawcett and Michael Duman; Sheri Lambert, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia; and several members of Chartway’s board and leadership team, the credit union held a special Wish Proclamation for four-year-old Parker.
Parker battles Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis – a rare medical condition. Playful, funny, and full of energy, Parker wished to travel to one of Florida’s famous theme parks with his family – a dream that was granted thanks to a donation from Chartway’s We Promise Foundation and the work of Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia.
“We’re honored to partner with Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia to make Parker’s wish come true,” said Karen Lane, executive director of the We Promise Foundation. “Throughout the past 10 years, Chartway’s We Promise Foundation has granted more than $780,000 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia to bring joy, hope, and smiles to children like Parker. We recognize the importance of a wish come true for these young heroes and the role it plays in helping them gain the fuel they need to continue fighting their illnesses.”
Chartway’s Obici Place branch marks the credit union’s return to the city of Suffolk. “We’re proud to see Chartway Federal Credit Union re-enter our growing financial services sector,” said Linda Johnson, Suffolk mayor. “Chartway will further elevate a base of community-focused and strong corporate citizens here in Suffolk. We wish them much success.”
Chartway’s Obici Place and Olde Towne branches feature modern, inviting, and engaging member spaces. Additionally, both branches offer Direct Teller technology – interactive machines that can be used as ATM’s or to connect with a live teller in real-time to perform a wide array of personalized transactions from the convenience of their car. Direct Teller machines also significantly improve drive-thru lines by reducing transaction processing times by as much as 50%.
“At Chartway, we’re in the process of modernizing all our branches – creating colorful, contemporary spaces that allow members to benefit from the professional guidance they need and technology that supports their evolving needs,” said Brian Schools, Chartway’s president & CEO. “We’ve completed several modernization efforts and are excited that our members in Portsmouth and Suffolk can now enjoy these modern, member-focused spaces that allow us to make their lives more convenient and affordable.”
Olde Towne Renovation Ribbon-Cutting – Members of Chartway’s board and senior leadership team joined together with leaders from the City of Portsmouth to celebrate its newly-renovated Olde Towne branch located within the Portsmouth City Hall building. Pictured [L to R]: Jared Perry, Chartway board member and CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah; Nancy McMahon, Chartway board member; Judy Sparrow, Chartway board emeritus; Richard Ahlborn, Chartway board member; Kim Little, Chartway COO & executive vice president; George E. Sauer, III, Chartway board chairman; Lisa Lucas-Burke, vice mayor of Portsmouth; John Rowe, Jr., mayor of Portsmouth; Shannon Glover, Portsmouth city council; Phil Olson, Chartway CUSO chairman/president; Brian Schools, Chartway president & CEO; Gary Abrams, Chartway supervisory committee chairman; and E.L. “Lou” Gull, Jr., Chartway board secretary.
We Promise Hero, Parker – To celebrate its newly-constructed branch located within the popular Obici Place complex, Chartway held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a special Wish Proclamation for four-year-old Parker who battles a rare medical condition. Pictured [L to R] Brandi Calica, We Promise Foundation marketing & events manager; four-year-old Parker; Karen Lane, We Promise Foundation executive director; and Brian Schools, Chartway president & CEO.
Obici Place Ribbon-Cutting – Chartway board members and senior leaders were honored to be joined by We Promise hero Parker and several leaders from Suffolk, including Leroy Bennett, vice mayor.
Parker Cutting the Ribbon – Four-year-old Parker recently traveled to Walt Disney World thanks to a charitable grant from Chartway’s We Promise Foundation and the work of Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia.
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 $2.2 billion credit union is dedicated to making life more affordable for its 190,000 members through more than 30 branches and online, mobile, video, and telephone banking services, including mobile deposit, mobile bill pay, and digital wallets. As one of the largest credit unions 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 efforts through its charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, which has raised more than $11 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 Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Chartway's We Promise Foundation
As Chartway Federal Credit Union’s charitable arm, We Promise strengthens the communities it serves by partnering with companion charities, sponsors, and contributors to provide the financial support needed to make dreams and wishes come to life for children facing medical challenges. Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $10.5 million to provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. For more information, visit www.WePromiseFoundation.org; or, visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.