Bob & Mike's Birthday Bash a success for local children's causes;

Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities raised $10,600 at outdoor car show



LAS VEGAS ¿ The fourth annual Bob & Mike's Birthday Bash was held Sunday, May 25, at Eldorado Park and was a benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

The charity auto fest drew over 300 cars ¿ including hot rods, street rods, classic cars, muscle cars and Monster Trucks -- and 3,000 spectators.  The event raised $10,600 for local children's causes.

In 2000, Mike Kinney and Bob Simkins -- neighbors on Hollowbluff Avenue in North Las Vegas ¿ decided to throw a neighborhood "block party" car show for their birthdays.  The event grew quickly and was moved last year to Eldorado Park.  The inaugural bash in 2000 hosted seven cars and a handful of friends and family members.  Last year's festivities attracted over 250 cars of all types and over 1,000 people and raised $6,600 for Speedway Children's Charities' Las Vegas chapter.

This year's event featured '50s and '60s music and hundreds of door prizes.  Renowned motorsports artist Kenny Youngblood was on hand to sketch cars and donated his fees to Speedway Children's Charities.  Over 65 businesses and 18 NHRA teams donated gifts and door prizes.  Each car show participant received a commemorative dash plaque and the first 275 kids received free goodie bags.  Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys R Us also made an appearance.

All proceeds from drawings, car show registrations and vendors were donated to the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

Speedway Children's Charities ( is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., which distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need.  Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters headquartered at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities (including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway). The organization has distributed more than $8 million to children's causes since its inception.

All money raised by the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities stays in southern Nevada.  On Dec. 3, 2002, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities presented checks in the total sum of $228,000 to 31 local children's charities at its annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Grant Distribution Ceremony. Charities that received grant checks at the ceremony included: Amerindian, Assistance League of Las Vegas, Boulder Dam Area Council, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson, Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, Children's Services Guild, Classroom on Wheels Inc., Culture Shock Las Vegas, Girls & Boys Town of Las Vegas, Hemophilia Foundation of So. Nevada, I Have A Dream Foundation, Learning For Life -- Boulder Dam, Lied Discovery Children's Museum, Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Miracle Flights for Kids, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Nellis AFB Youth Programs, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Nevada Children's Center, New Horizons Academy, Olive Crest, Opportunity Village, Shade Tree shelter, Spread The Word Nevadaids, St. Jude's Ranch for Children, The Foundation for Positively Kids, Westcare Foundation and YMCA of Southern Nevada. 

The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities' 2003 fundraising efforts are at a record-setting pace.  On Feb. 28, SCC's annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live! raised $145,720 and the chapter's inaugural charity golf tournament, held March 31 at Revere at Anthem -- earned $13,500 for the children of Las Vegas and southern Nevada.

For more information on The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, contact Director Lesley Albers at (702) 632-8253 or .