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Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation Gives $250,000 Charitable Grant to Toby’s Dream Foundation

Virginia Beach, VA (March 4, 2015) – Toby’s Dream Foundation (TDF) is honored to announce that its long-time charitable supporter, Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation, has generously given a $250,000 grant to the local children’s charity. This contribution will enable the two dream-granting organizations to work together to fulfill the wishes of approximately 60 local children who qualify for the program.

“Since the creation of Toby’s Dream Foundation in 2009, Chartway’s We Promise Foundation has been a pivotal partner by providing funding for children battling various types of cancer, rare syndromes, and even those waiting for life-giving transplants,” said Joan Steele, executive director of Toby’s Dream. “In all, We Promise has donated a total of $675,000 to bring joy to 170 children living in Greater Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. “

“Having a reason to smile can be one of the most powerful weapons in even the most formidable fight,” said John Blum, Chairman of the We Promise Foundation. “At the precise moment when a courageous child needs more than medicine, we are grateful Toby’s Dream Foundation is able to use our grant dollars to give them a dose of hope by making their dream come true.”

Toby’s Dream Foundation is appreciative to We Promise Foundation for their continued support in an effort to serve the children in our community whose challenges are beyond our imagination.

We Promise $250000 check presentation

Left to right: Tommy Thompson, Pat McCarty, Bud Fultz, Russ Turner, Joan Steele, John Blum, Brian Schools, Karen Lane, Eileen Scotti, Leah Moore and Dawn Brown.

Photo courtesy of Mark Knopp

About Toby’s Dream Foundation

Toby’s Dream Foundation is a local 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make dreams come true for local children with life-threatening illnesses. Toby’s Dream Foundation ensures that children living with life-threatening illnesses in the Greater Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Virginia have the opportunity and resources to imagine and experience their most fantastic dream. To date, over 250 children have been referred to Toby’s Dream Foundation by local entities including Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter (CHKD) and Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Virginia.

About Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation

As the charitable arm of Chartway FCU and its divisions of HeritageWest and SouthWest Community, the We Promise Foundation is dedicated to making dreams come true for children battling degenerative, life-threatening, debilitating or chronic illnesses, or those facing tremendous hardship. Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $7M to bring smiles to the faces of more than 3,000 children.