Virginia Beach, VA (November 8, 2019) – Recently, Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation hosted two inspiring events to raise funds that will bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and supporters, the 14th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala and 21st Annual Charity Golf Classic raised nearly $700,000.
The 14th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala was held October 23, 2019, at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA. The elegant evening featured a magical theme, which included an interactive performance by award-winning illusionist and Virginia Beach native, Krendl. LPGA golfer Brooke Pancake also attended the evening alongside 18 We Promise heroes: children whose dreams have come true thanks to funds from the foundation.
The night also included a silent auction, a three-course dinner, and a rousing live auction. The silent and live auctions gave guests the chance to bid on unique items, including a Tom Petty guitar, a three-day trip to New York City to enjoy Broadway shows, jewelry from Diamonds Direct, handmade pottery pieces made by We Promise children, and much more.
The following day, a full flight of golfers teed off with professional golfer, Brooke Pancake, at one of the most well-regarded golf outings in the area: the 21st Annual Charity Golf Classic held at Broad Bay Country Club in Virginia Beach, VA. Golfers and guests were joined by We Promise heroes who arrived by limousine and received cheers and high-fives from sponsors and volunteers. They also had the opportunity to cruise around the course on golf carts – learning from participants how to hold an iron and sink a putt.
"The We Promise Foundation is truly a remarkable foundation that leaves a positive footprint on the hearts of the families and communities they touch,” said Brooke Pancake. “I love being able to use my love of the game as an outlet to meet the wonderful people behind such an amazing cause! And now being a mother, seeing the smiles on the children's faces pulls on my heartstrings that much more! The world is that much better because of the wonderful people behind this foundation."
“We truly cannot thank our outstanding sponsors and supporters enough for everything they do for We Promise,” said Karen Lane, executive director of Chartway’s We Promise Foundation. “It is because of their generosity that we can raise funds that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. To see these kids having fun and inspiring our supporters with their unforgettable stories makes these events so very special for everyone involved.”
Since 1999, the credit union’s We Promise Foundation has raised more than $11 million and partnered 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.
At the 14th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala, guests viewed a brief film that featured the brave and moving stories of We Promise heroes and their families. Click here to view the video now.
18 We Promise heroes – children whose dreams have come true thanks to funds from the foundation – attended the 14th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala. They arrived by limousine and were greeted by enthusiastic applause and high-fives from volunteers.
At the end of the tournament, participants of the 21st Annual Charity Golf Classic gathered together to celebrate a successful day of raising funds to make dreams and wishes come to life for children facing medical challenges.
Brian Schools, Chartway president & CEO, paused from tournament play to share a smile with LPGA player Brooke Pancake.
CAPT George E. Sauer III, USN (Ret.), Chartway board chairman, cheered on We Promise hero, Gideon, as he sunk a putt during the 21st Annual Charity Golf Classic.
At the 14th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala held at the Chartway Arena, guests – including We Promise hero, Caleb – enjoyed an interactive performance by award-winning illusionist, Krendl.
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.
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 $2.3 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.