We Promise Foundation friends and kid heroes group photo

Lehi, UT  – At Chartway Federal Credit Union, giving back has always been core to its culture. Inspired by the industry’s “People Helping People” philosophy, the credit union’s We Promise Foundation hosted its 1st Annual Putting for Promises Golf Tournament, raising $53,000 to make dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses in its communities.

Joining the foundation for the tournament were a full flight of We Promise golfers, who had a chance to tee off at the Thanksgiving Point Golf Course – a 7,714 yard course that covers more than 200 acres of land, making it the largest course in Utah. Joining the tournament golfers at course were 10 We Promise children who arrived by limousine and received cheers and high-fives from We Promise board members and volunteers as they traveled across a red carpet rolled out just for them.

The beneficiaries were thrilled to have the opportunity to cruise around the course on golf carts – learning from tournament participants how to hold an iron and sink a putt.

“We are immensely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, the kindness of our volunteers, and the support of so many who either attended our events or kindly donated items for charitable auction,” said Phil Richards, chairman of the We Promise Foundation. “It is only thanks to their tremendous contributions that we are able to give courageous children a dose of healing and hope through the gift of a dream fulfilled.”

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit children in Utah. Since launching the foundation, Chartway FCU’s We Promise Foundation has raised more than $8,000,000 to make dreams come true for children fighting life-threatening illnesses.

To make the We Promise child champions feel as special as they truly are, We Promise volunteers welcomed 10 beneficiaries to the 1st Annual Putting for Promises golf tournament – giving them high-fives as the kids traveled across a red carpet rolled out just for them. Photo by: Erin Holmstead

Several members of Chartway FCU’s leadership team teed off at the 1st Annual Putting for Promises golf tournament at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT, raising $53,000 to make dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Left to right: volunteer Phil Olson; chairman of the board, Bob Holmes; Chartway’s president and CEO, Brian Schools; and board member George Sauer. Photo by: Erin Holmstead

During the tournament, We Promise heroes like Nathan (14 years old // wish: to meet Peyton Manning) cruised around the course on golf carts to meet the tournament participants and learn how to hold an iron and sink a putt. Photo by: Erin Holmstead

We Promise kid hero Brinley (6 years old // wish: to have a princess playhouse) enjoyed buzzing about the event with Utah Bees mascot Bumble the Bee. Photo by: Erin Holmstead

We Promise kid hero Anthony (5 years old // wish: to go to Disney World) helped announce the winners for the charitable raffle held during the 1st Annual Putting for Promises event hosted by the We Promise Foundation. In all, the event raised $53,000 to make dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses in Utah. Photo by: Erin Holmstead

Chartway FCU leaders celebrate the success of the inaugural Putting for Promises tournament hosted by its charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation. Left to right: chairman of the We Promise Foundation board, Phil Richards; board member Richard McGrath, board member Richard Ahlborn; corporate business manager, Theresa Delp; supervisory committee chairman, Gary Abrams; board secretary, Lou Gull; board member Bob Cook; corporate finance officer, Paul Annunziata; and 1st vice chairman of the board, Wayne Foshay. Photo by: Erin Holmstead

About Chartway's We Promise Foundation

As the charitable arm of Chartway FCU, the We Promise Foundation is dedicated to making dreams come true for children battling life-threatening or debilitating illnesses, or those facing tremendous hardship. Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $8M 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 $2.1 billion credit union is dedicated to making life more affordable for its 180,000 members through nearly 50 branches and a full slate of online, mobile, and telephone banking services, including mobile deposit, mobile bill pay, and digital wallets. Chartway is one of the largest credit unions in the country and serves members in every state and several countries. With major membership concentrations in Virginia, Utah, and Texas, the credit union is consistently recognized for its financial strength, its high ratings in member satisfaction, its contributions to its communities, and for being an award-winning leader in charitable giving through its We Promise Foundation.