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Virginia CU Foundation Grant Helps Disabled Go To Camp
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (6/13/13)--The We Promise Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chartway FCU in Virginia Beach, Va., donated $20,800 to St. Mary's Home to send 16 children and young adults with severe disabilities to summer camp.

Click to view larger image Representatives from the We Promise Foundation, the charitable arm of Chartway FCU, visited the playground at St. Mary's Home to present a check for $20,800 to fully fund summer camp for residents of St. Mary's. From left, are:  John Blum, We Promise chairman; Rene Bollinger, Chartway corporate human resources officer; Beth O'Toole, Chartway's vice president of operations; Allison Bough, St. Mary's major gifts officer; Wayne Foshay, Chartway's chairman of the board; William C. Giermak, St. Mary's CEO; Cindy Casteen, We Promise secretary/treasurer; Dallas England, Chartway's board of directors; Brian Schools, Chartway's corporate strategy officer; Mary Helen Hilton, St Mary's director of annual giving; Payten, St. Mary's resident; Amelia, St. Mary's resident; Brandon, St. Mary's resident; and Zach, St. Mary's resident. (Photo provided by Chartway FCU)
"St. Mary's Home will be able to send 16 children and young adults to summer camp this year because of the generosity of the We Promise Foundation," said William C. Giermak, St. Mary's CEO. "Camp is always a big highlight for us."

The foundation is the sole sponsor of St. Mary's participation in Camp Horizon, a program The Up Center runs on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College. Campers will spend eight weeks enjoying field trips, art sessions, sports activities, music lessons and outdoor games as they experience freedom and independence as a result of access to adaptive items and equipment. 

This is the third year that Chartway's foundation has sponsored summer camp for children and young adults of St. Mary's. The foundation also donated $20,800 to fully fund camp in 2012 and $10,000 to partially sponsor camp in 2011.

We Promise Foundation Chairman John Blum said the foundation is proud to be able to help St. Mary's with activities like summer camp.

"It's been great to have a relationship with St. Mary's, a neighbor," Blum said. "Our employees and supporters are extremely passionate about making a difference in our community so we are honored to provide St. Mary's residents with the chance to enjoy an enriching outdoor experience."

Since 1999, Chartway and the We Promise Foundation have raised more than $5.3 million to help more than 900 children through partnerships with several charitable children's groups.
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