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.
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2010 Grant Recipients:
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada/Henderson
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
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.
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
The Huntridge Teen Clinic Inc.
The Lullaby Connection
Urban League of Clark County Nevada
WestCare Nevada Inc.