VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (10/2/14)--Chartway FCU's charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, has reached the milestone of raising $1 million in fundraising in a single year for the first time in the foundation's history.
|To make the We Promise child champions feel special and to celebrate their big day away from the hospital, We Promise volunteers welcomed children who arrived via limousine and gave them high-fives as the kids traveled to and across a red carpet rolled out just for them. (Chartway FCU Photo)|
The organization reached the mark during its annual two-day fundraising rally that includes a black-tie gala and a charity golf outing.
All proceeds from the two events and all of the foundation's fundraisers this year will benefit children in the markets the Chartway family of credit unions serve. Since launching the foundation, Chartway FCU's We Promise Foundation has raised nearly $7 million.
"We could not do the important, life-enriching work we do without each and every one of our supporters and volunteers," said Ron Burniske, president/CEO of the $1.9 billion-asset, Virginia Beach, Va.-based credit union. "Although we have been honored to make a difference in the lives of nearly 2,000 children, I think it's safe to say that their stories of hope and hardship have dramatically changed ours."
Joining the foundation for the two-day benefit was actress Gail O' Grady, a multiple Emmy nominee for the "NYPD Blue" TV series and current star of ABC-TV's drama "Revenge;" alternative rock band the Gin Blossoms; LPGA player Jill McGill; and 20 We Promise kid heroes.
|LPGA pro Jill McGill had the opportunity to meet 10 We Promise children during the ninth annual Diamonds in the Sky Gala in Virginia Beach, Va. (Chartway FCU Photo)|
Emceed by O'Grady and former local TV news anchor Kerri Furey, the Diamonds in the Sky Gala featured a cocktail hour, a silent auction, dinner and live entertainment by the Gin Blossoms.
Professional auctioneer Kyle Hause also treated the 415 guests to a live auction with 9-year-old Anastacia as his assistant. Anastacia, along with other We Promise children who attended the gala, created the pottery featured in the silent auction.
The following afternoon, a full flight of We Promise supporters had a chance to tee off with McGill at the 16th annual Charity Golf Classic. Joining the 144 tournament golfers 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.