The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is granting approximately $260,000 to local charities this year, including 45 local causes at its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, St. Jude's Ranch for Children - Nevada Region, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Las Vegas and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be among the charities receiving grants on Tuesday from the local chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

Fundraising events for the 2014 season included Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Drive for Charity Golf Tournament, the PJ 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk and the NASCAR Driver & Memorabilia Auction.

The Grant Ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Drivers' Meeting Room in the infield media center of the speedway. Steph MacKenzie from Lotus Broadcasting will co-emcee the program with new SCC Board member Jamie Little, a motor sports host and NASCAR pit reporter for Fox Sports. Children from each organization are invited to attend the event, which will include a food, holiday games and gifts from Santa Claus, who will arrive aboard a Richard Petty Driving Experience race car.

Santa Claus will distribute gifts donated from a toy drive held by Harsch Management and Exotics Racing. The children and their families also will be treated to complimentary tram rides through Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the program concludes.

The Grant Ceremony is sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Levy Restaurants, Fun For All Games, Cashman Photo Enterprises, Exotics Racing and Harsch Management.

Making a difference in children's lives is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. For more information on SCC, please contact director Paulette Anderson at (702) 632-8242 or panderson@lvms.com.

2014 Grant Recipients:

Baby's Bounty
Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
The Lullaby Connection
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Civitan Foundation, Inc.
Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.
Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund
National Hemophilia Foundation, Nevada Chapter
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF)
Southern Nevada Public Television
Spread the Word Nevada
St. Jude's Ranch for Children - Nevada Region
Touro University Nevada
Best Buddies International Inc.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Las Vegas
Special Olympics of Nevada
Street Teens, A Nevada Non-Profit Organization
The Huntridge Teen Clinic, Inc.
The Police Athletic League, Inc. of Southern Nevada
I Have a Dream Foundation, Southern Nevada
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Nevada Broadcasters Association
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern NV
Nathan Adelson Hospice
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada
Nevada Ballet Theater, Inc.
SAFY, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Nevada, Inc.
YMCA of Southern Nevada
Discovery Children's Museum
Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Safe Nest: Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis
The Shade Tree, Inc.
Project REAL, Inc.
Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association - The First Tee of Southern Nevada
New Horizons Center for Learning
Foundation to Assist Young Musicians
Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada
Henderson Saddle Association
Nevada Child Seekers Merging Corp.
Rotary Club of Las Vegas