Virginia Beach, VA (Sept. 29, 2016) – The Virginia Beach-based We Promise Foundation is proud to announce that it raised $526,900 during its 11th Annual Diamonds in the Sky Gala to make dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses in its communities.
Emceed by WAVY TV’s Kerri Furey, the black-tie gala held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel featured a silent auction, an elegant dinner, and live entertainment by The Right On Band. Professional auctioneer Kyle Hause also treated 400 guests to a rousing live auction, featuring exclusive trips, an Eagles guitar, a Seadoo GTI 130 Jetski, and more. The silent auction gave guests the chance to bid on nearly 100 unique items, including a framed Star Wars poster autographed by the cast, VIP tickets to a Brad Paisley concert, a Venetti ring, an Apple TV, pottery pieces made by We Promise children, and much more.
Also joining the foundation for the event was LPGA player Brooke Pancake, well-renowned Right On Band, and a dozen We Promise heroes – children whose dreams came true thanks to funds from We Promise.
“What an incredible couple of days with We Promise. Thank you all so much for everything and allowing me to play a very small part of an amazing cause,” said professional golfer, Brooke Pancake. “I got to meet some true heroes – many children with very serious illnesses and facing tremendous hardships. These children touched me deeply with their contagious smiles and warm hugs!”
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit children battling life-threatening illnesses. Since launching the foundation, the We Promise Foundation has raised nearly $9,000,000.
Gala Video Shared with Guests
We Promise played a special video for guests following dinner.
Click here to view it now (password: wepromise).
ABOUT THE WE PROMISE FOUNDATION
As the charitable arm of Chartway Federal Credit Union, 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 $9,000,000 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 LPGA PLAYER BROOKE PANCAKE
Having turned professional after she led the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team to the 2012 national championship, this is Brooke’s 4th season on the LPGA Tour. Ranked the #5 golfer in the NCAA (according to GolfWeek rankings), Brooke has achieved seven top 30 finishes on the tour and had her best finish as a professional at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship when she came in tied at 13th.
ABOUT THE RIGHT ON BAND
The Right On Band is an authentic “Ten-Piece Show Band” with a full horn section. They have performed all over the world including Italy, Ethiopia, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. They have had the honor of performing for each of the last three United States Presidents, and also entertained the US Congress inside “The White House,” as well as other celebrities, dignitaries and heads of state around the world.