The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities hosted its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The chapter granted $255,000 to 44 local children’s charities at the festive ceremony. Among the recipients were: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, Shade Tree, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas and Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer.

Children from each organization were invited to attend the event, which included a child-friendly holiday buffet, music by DJ Mathias, Christmas carols by vocalist Malia Civetz and gifts from Santa Claus, who arrived via Richard Petty Driving Experience race car. Each group also was treated to a complimentary drive through the Gift of Lights, which is located this year at LVMS.

Fundraising events for the 2010 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions Presented By Autotrader.com (which honored former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Las Vegan Kurt Busch), the chapter’s eighth annual golf tournament, the seventh annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel & Casino, the Chasers for Charity Fanfest and the second annual WNFR Celebrity Bowling Tournament.

Making a difference in a child’s life is the focus of Speedway Children’s Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC’s local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them.

For more information, please call LVMS at (702) 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.

2010 Grant Recipients:

AmeriFace

Assistance League of Las Vegas

Baby's  Bounty

Best Buddies

Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada/Henderson

Boys Town

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer

Casa Foundation 

Child Focus, Inc.

Children's Heart Foundation

Clark County Parent Cooperative, Inc.

Clark County Public Education Foundation

Delta Education and Leadership Training Academy

Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada

East Valley Family Services 

Easter Seals Southern Nevada

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation

Horses 4 Heroes Inc.

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada

Miracle Flights for Kids

Montessori Visions Academy Parent Organization

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

Nevada Health Centers, Inc.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

New Horizons Center for Learning, Inc.

Olive Crest

Opportunity Village

Police Athletic League of Southern Nevada

The Shade Tree

Southern Nevada Children First

Special Olympics Nevada

Specialized Alternative for Families and Youth of Nevada Inc.

Spread the Word Nevada

Street Teens

The Huntridge Teen Clinic Inc.

The Lullaby Connection

Three Square

Urban League of Clark County Nevada

WestCare Nevada Inc.