Virginia Beach, VA (September 24, 2018) – Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation hosted two inspirational 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 13th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala and 20th Annual Charity Golf Classic events raised $523,000 for We Promise heroes.
Emceed by WAVY TV’s Kerri Furey, the 13th Annual We Promise Foundation Gala was held on September 19, 2018, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main hotel and featured a carnival theme with fun games and treats, a silent auction, an elegant dinner “under the big top,” a rousing live auction, and a performance by well-renowned jazz band, Good Shot Judy. The silent and live auctions gave guests the chance to bid on nearly 100 unique items, including a Bruce Springsteen guitar, a weekend getaway in Charleston, jewelry from Madison Jewelers, pottery pieces made by We Promise children, and much more. The foundation also shared a video featuring We Promise hero, Gideon – click here to watch.
Also joining the foundation for the event were professional golfers, Brooke Pancake and Derek Rende, and nine We Promise heroes – children whose dreams came true thanks to funds from We Promise.
“I can’t thank We Promise and Chartway enough for allowing my family to be a part of such amazing events. It pulls on our heart strings even more now being parents seeing the joy and smiles they bring to these families that face unimaginable challenges!” said LPGA player, Brooke Pancake. “I am in awe of the good this foundation does for these families and their communities.”
The following day, a full flight of We Promise supporters teed off with Brooke Pancake and Derek Rende at one of the most esteemed golf outings in the area: the 20th Annual Charity Golf Classic.
More than 100 golfers, guests, and volunteers enjoyed a great day on the green at the Signature at West Neck Golf Course. The We Promise heroes 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 tournament participants how to hold an iron and sink a putt.
“We can’t say enough about the outstanding generosity of our sponsors and supporters throughout the year who have helped us raise awareness and funds to bring joy, hope, and smiles to our We Promise heroes who are facing medical hardship or illness,” said Phil Richards, President of Chartway’s We Promise Foundation.
Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $10,000,000 to provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness.