The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities disbursed $257,000 to 55 local charities at its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, Children's Heart Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and Street Teens were among the charities receiving grants.

The Grant Ceremony was held from 6-8 p.m. in the Drivers' Meeting Room in the infield media center of the speedway. SCC Board member Jamie Little, a motorsports host and NASCAR pit reporter for Fox Sports, and KOMP-FM's Brittney Cason emceed the ceremony. Children and representatives from all 55 organizations attended the event, which included food, holiday games and gifts from Santa Claus, who arrived aboard a Richard Petty Driving Experience race car.

Santa Claus distributed gifts donated from a toy drive held by Harsch Management. The children and their families also were treated to complimentary tram rides through Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the program concluded.

"It was a wonderful evening, and the kids had a blast," said Paulette Anderson, director of the Las Vegas Chapter of SCC. "We were able to increase our donations by $100,000 over last year, and that is a testament to our dedicated partners, board and volunteers who work hard to make dreams come true for Southern Nevada children. We are able to make a difference in our community, and that makes it all worthwhile."

The Grant Ceremony was sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Levy Restaurants, Fun For All Games and Entertainment and Harsch Management.

Fundraising events for the 2015 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.

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

2015 Grant Recipients
After-School All-Stars Las Vegas
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Baby's Bounty
Best Buddies International, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
Boys Town Nevada, Inc.
Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
CASA Foundation
Children's Heart Foundation
Civitan Foundation, Inc.
Clark County Public Education Foundation, Inc.
Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.
Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada
Easter Seals Nevada
Epicurean Charitable Foundation
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Henderson Saddle Association
In 12 Days Foundation
James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas
Las Vegas Clark County Urban League—CAA
Las Vegas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Leaders in Training
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation
National Hemophilia Foundation, Nevada Chapter
Nevada Ballet Theater, Inc.
Nevada Blind Children's Foundation
Nevada Broadcasters Association
Nevada Child Seekers Merging Corporation
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
New Horizons Center for Learning
Olive Crest
Opportunity Village
Project 150
Project REAL, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Las Vegas
Rotary Club of Las Vegas
SAFE House, Inc.
Safe Nest: Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis
SAFY, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Nevada, Inc.
Southern Nevada Children First
Southern Nevada Public Television
Spread the Word Nevada
St. Jude's Ranch for Children - Nevada Region Inc.
Street Teens
The Huntridge Teen Clinic, Inc.
The Lullaby Connection
The Police Athletic League, Inc. of Southern Nevada
The Shade Tree, Inc.
Three Square
Touro University Nevada
Variety Early Learning Center