The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $137,000 to 50 local charities at its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Huntridge Teen Clinic, Opportunity Village, Candlelighters For Childhood Cancer, St. Jude's Ranch and the Muscular Dystrophy Association were among the charities receiving grants.

Children from each organization were invited to attend the event, which included a child-friendly holiday buffet, musical performances, holiday games and gifts from Santa Claus, who arrived aboard a Richard Petty Driving Experience race car.

Steph McKenzie of 97.1 The Point served as the M.C. for the evening.

Contributing to this year's grant ceremony was a toy drive held on Nov. 27 by Harsch Investment Properties and a $500 donation from Technicoat Management, Inc. Carnival games for the party were donated by Fun for All Games and Entertainment.

Fundraising events for the 2013 season included the chapter's 11th annual golf tournament, the inaugural PJ 5k and Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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 on SCC, please contact director Paulette Anderson at (702) 632-8242 or .

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

2013 Grant Recipients:
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada
Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada
Baby's Bounty
Opportunity Village
Boys Town Nevada
St. Jude's Ranch
Candlelighters For Childhood Cancer
Street Teens
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Inc. dba/The Center
Children's Heart Foundation
Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis, Inc. (Safe Nest)
Civitan Foundation, Inc.
The Huntridge Teen Clinic, Inc.
Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.
The Lullaby Connection
Goodie Two Shoes
Together We Can
Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
Miracle Flight For Kids
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Nevada Chapter of the National Hemophilia Association
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
Police Athletic League, Inc. Southern Nevada
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Shoes That Fit
Greater Las Vegas Inner-City Games dba/Afterschool All-Stars Las Vegas
Easter Seals Nevada
Southern Nevada Public Television
Las Vegas Area Boys Council, Boy Scouts of America
Spread The Word
Little Lucy's Child Care
Three Square
SAFE House
Nathan Adelson (Center for Compassionate Care)
Community In Schools of Nevada, Inc.
Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region, Inc.
Special Olympics Northern Calif. dba/Special Olympics Nevada
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Best Buddies International, Inc.
Nevada Child Seekers Merging Corporation
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Nevada
Olive Crest
YMCA of Southern Nevada
Project REAL
Chabad of Green Valley, Inc.
Touro University
Clark County Public Education, Inc.
Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association dba/The First Tee of Southern Nevada