The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will distribute more than $243,000 to 57 local charities at its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The Grant Ceremony will be held from 6-8 p.m. Pacific Time 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 will emcee the ceremony.
The Children's Heart Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, Nevada Blind Children's Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Las Vegas and St. Jude's Ranch for Children are among the charities receiving grants.
Children and representatives from most of the 57 organizations will attend the event, which will include food, holiday games and gifts from Santa Claus donated from a toy drive held by Harsch Management. 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.
"We look forward to this night every year," said Paulette Anderson, director of the Las Vegas Chapter of SCC. "Through the hard work of our dedicated board of directors, ambassadors and volunteers, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money to give to 57 worthy charities in our region. Everything we do is for the kids of Southern Nevada, and we are proud to be able to make a difference in our community."
The Grant Ceremony is sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Levy Restaurants and Harsch Management.
Fundraising events for the 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Grant Recipients
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
Boys Town Nevada Inc.
Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Nevada
Children's Heart Foundation
Clark County Parent Cooperative Inc.
Communities in Schools of Nevada
Culture Shock Las Vegas Inc.
Discovery Children's Museum
Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada
Epicurean Charitable Foundation
Eye Care for Kids
Foundation to Assist Young Musicians
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada
HELP of Southern Nevada
Henderson Saddle Association
In 12 Days Foundation
James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas
Las Vegas Chapter of National AMBUCS Inc.
Las Vegas Council, Boy Scouts of America
Leaders in Training
Little Lucy's Child Care
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
Miracle Flight for Kids
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 Council on Economic Education
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
New Horizons Center for Learning
Project REAL Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Las Vegas
SAFE House Inc.
Safe Nest: Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis Inc.
SAFY, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Nevada Inc.
Somerset Academy of Las Vegas
Southern Nevada Public Television
Spread the Word Nevada
St. Jude's Ranch for Children - Nevada Region Inc.
The Huntridge Teen Clinic Inc.
The Lullaby Connection
The Police Athletic League Inc. of Southern Nevada
The Shade Tree Inc.
Touro University Nevada
YMCA of Southern Nevada