When the limousine stops at the red carpet, the guests applaud the arrival of the celebrity passengers. But veteran actress Morgan Fairchild and members of the Little River Band likely will take second billing to a group of 25 local Make-A-Wish kids who many consider the real stars of a series of annual events hosted by Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation.

A pair of golf tournaments follow a spectacular gala designed to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Virginia. Fairchild returns to the gala as celebrity emcee, complemented by a live performance from the Little River Band and appearances by a host of additional celebrities from sports, stage and screen. The Make-A-Wish children, ages 2 ½ to 18, also play key roles throughout the events and are given the “star” treatment by celebrities and guests alike.

The 2nd Annual Diamonds in the Sky Gala is taking place at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Wed., Sept. 5th and features silent and live auctions of celebrity memorabilia, athletic event and concert tickets, vacations and more. The 9th Annual Charity Golf Classic is played at Heron Ridge Golf Course and at the neighboring Signature at West Neck Golf Course on Thurs., Sept. 6th. The morning tournament at Heron Ridge is open to the public, and the afternoon tournament at the Signature course is a private, sponsor/patron-only event. For golf and gala tickets or more information, contact Jill Haag at 757-233-7111.

Morgan Fairchild has long been an advocate for social and political causes that touch her heart, and the We Promise Foundation’s partnership with Make-A-Wish does just that.
Last year’s inaugural gala and annual golf classic raised a combined $350,000 for Make-A-Wish through the We Promise Foundation.

The We Promise Foundation is dedicated to making dreams come true for children struggling with degenerative, life-threatening, debilitating or chronic illnesses, or those facing tremendous hardship. The foundation provides funding within the communities the credit union serves with a single goal: to put smiles on children’s face by making their dreams come true. The foundation was launched in 2005 based on the enduring success of Chartway’s previous golf events. Since 1999, Chartway and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $1.3 million in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Virginia, Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater and other Hampton Roads-area charitable groups. For more information, click on www.WePromiseFoundation.com.

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