VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (9/18/12)--
Actress Marisa Ramirez, left, and LPGA Player Anna Rawson, right, are shown with We Promise children Aishah, Nasia, Mackenzie and Kennedy. They helped Chartway FCU's We Promise Foundation raise more than $750,000 to make a wish come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Hollywood, rock and golf stars were among the celebrities who contributed to the success of Chartway FCU's We Promise Foundation 7th Annual Diamonds in the Sky Gala and 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic, which raised $750,000 to bring smiles to children with life-threatening illnesses.
The celebrities rocked out and teed off to make dreams come true for the children. Joining the Virginia Beach, Va.-based credit union's We Promise Foundation were:
- Actress Marisa Ramirez, known for starring roles in "Spartacus," "Bones," "The Young and the Restless," "General Hospital," and "Against the Wall";
- Three Dog Night, the legendary classic rock and roll band;
- LPGA player and model Anna Rawson;
- PGA player Marc Leishman, winner of the most recent Travelers Championship;
- Washington Redskins alumni; and
- More than a dozen We Promise children.
Gala volunteers welcome the We Promise Children to the Diamonds in the Sky Gala on a red carpet, and help the We Promise children celebrate a big day absent glaring hospital lights and needle pricks. Here, three-year-old Zoe gives high fives to volunteers.(Photos provided by Chartway FCU)
Ramirez served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the foundation's gala, in which 16 children donned tiaras and bow ties for the event.
The black tie event featured silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner and a live musical performance by Three Dog Night, who performed for 90 minutes before mingling with the guests.
Rawson joined the Charity Golf Classic to help the foundation raise the most funds in its history and teed off with each group on Hole No. 5.
Other celebrities who donated items and memorabilia from their personal collections included NFL players Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Chris Cooley and Shawne Merriman; the Zac Brown Band, country singers Kellie Pickler, Sara Evans, Jake Owen, Chris Young and Josh Thompson; author Jodi Picoult; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; and Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, among others.
"We are indescribably grateful for the support of these celebrities and sponsors such as FIS, MassMutual, GTI Systems Inc., Jack Henry & Associates, Sinclair Communications, Colliers and many others," said John Blum, chairman of Chartway's We Promise Foundation.
Since Chartway began raising money to provide moments of magic to the children, it has raised more than $4.5 million.