The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities held its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the media center in the infield of the superspeedway.

The Las Vegas Chapter granted $314,000 to 66 local children's charities at the ceremony. The list of grant recipients included: Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada, I Have a Dream Foundation Inc., Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Miracle Flights for Kids, Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp, Positively Kids, and Shade Tree.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and children from all 66 organizations attended the ceremony. The evening's festivities included a performance by Culture Shock Las Vegas an inner city dance troupe and local talent Malia Civetz. LVMS General Manager Chris Powell welcomed all of the guests attending the ceremony and Santa Claus made his grand entrance in a Richard Petty Driving Experience race car to finish the evening.

Fundraising events for the 2007 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions (which honored Ken Black), the ninth annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's fifth annual golf tournament, and the fourth annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel and Casino.

Speedway Children's Charities ( is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need.


2007 Grant Recipients - Las Vegas

AboutFace USA

Adoption Exchange

Amerindian, Inc.

Assistance League of Las Vegas

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Boys Scouts of America-Las Vegas Council

Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas

Boys & Girls of Henderson

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada

CASA Foundation

Chabad of Green Valley

Children of the Night

Civitan Foundation of Arizona/Southern Nevada

Clark County Parent Cooperative

Classroom on Wheels

Courtney Children's Foundation

Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.

Easter Seals of Southern Nevada

Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada

Family to Family Connection

Girls and Boys Town

Girl Scouts of Frontier Council

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation

Greater Las Vegas After-School All Stars

Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada

Heritage United Methodist Church Food Closet

"I Have a Dream" Foundation, Inc. - Las Vegas

Las Vegas Art Museum

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Las Vegas Review Journal-Newspapers in Education

Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Lili Clare Foundation Family Resource Center

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada

MedSchool Associates South

Miracle Flights for Kids

Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nellis AFB Youth Program

Nevada Blind Children's Foundation

Nevada Child Seekers

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

Nevada Diabetes Association for Children and Adults

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

Nevada Youth Alliance

New Horizons Academy

Olive Crest

Opportunity Village

Positively Kids

Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach

Second Chance Foundation

Southern Nevada Baptist Association/Raceway Ministries

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of Nevada, Inc.

Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids

St. Jude's Ranch for Children

Street Teens

Sunrise Children's Foundation

The Lullaby Connection

The Public Education Foundation

The Shade Tree

Variety Early Learning Center

Variety The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada

WestCare Nevada, Inc.

YMCA of Southern Nevada

Janae Melvin
Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities
Office: (702) 632-8242
Cell: (702) 917-6493
Fax: (702) 644-7774