The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities

to grant $275,000 to 67 local children's causes Nov. 29


The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will hold its annual Grant Distribution and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in Garage No. 4 in the infield of the superspeedway.

The Las Vegas Chapter will grant $275,000 to 67 local children's charities at the ceremony.  The list of grant recipients includes: Amerindian, Inc., Arthritis Foundation, Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada, Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars, "I Have a Dream Foundation" Inc., Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Second Chance Foundation, Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp, St. Jude's Ranch for Children and Opportunity Village.

Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman are scheduled to attend the event.  The evening's festivities will include performances by the J.D. Smith Middle School Mariachi Band and the Culture Shock Las Vegas inner city dance troupe.  Santa Claus is also scheduled to make an appearance.  LVMS General Manager Chris Powell will light the traditional SCC Christmas Tree.

Fundraising events for the 2005 season included the seventh annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's third annual golf tournament, the second annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel and Casino and the Run-for-the-Money competition at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Speedway Children's Charities ( is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need. 

2005 Grant Recipients - Las Vegas:

Amerindian, Inc

Arthritis Foundation

Assistance League of Las Vegas

Barry's Boxing                                       

Boys Scouts of America-Las Vegas Council

Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas           

Boys & Girls of Henderson                                                   

Boys Hope Girls Hope           

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times    

Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada

CASA Foundation     

Chabad of Green Valley                        

Children's Heart Foundation                                                 

Children's Service Guild                    

Civitan Foundation of Arizona/Southern Nevada

Classroom on Wheels                                                             

Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada                      

Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.                      

Driver's Edge

Family to Family Connection                

Girls and Boys Town

Girl Scouts of Frontier Council             

God's Word for Life Christian Community Ministry

Greater Las Vegas After-School All Stars                            

Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada               

"I Have a Dream" Foundation, Inc. - Las Vegas

Las Vegas Children's History Foundation    

Las Vegas Natural History Museum              

Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society       

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Lili Clare Foundation Family Resource Center                     

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada                                                  

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada                   

Miracle Flights for Kids                         

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Nathan Adelson Hospice                                                       

Nellis AFB Youth Program                                                   

Nevada Ballet Theatre                           

Nevada Child Seekers           

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation 

Nevada Injury Prevention                      

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth      

New Horizons Center for Learning

Olive Crest Treatment Centers, Inc.              

Opportunity Village

Police Athletic League of Southern Nevada             

Positively Kids


S.A.F.E. House

Saint Therese Center

Second Chance Foundation

Southern Nevada Baptist Association/Raceway Ministries

Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center/ Prevent Child Abuse Nevada

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of Nevada, Inc.       

Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids                               

St. Jude's Ranch for Children

St. Rose Dominican Hospital- Siena Campus

Street Teens               

The Shade Tree

The Lullaby Connection

The Public Education Foundation

United Family Community Services, Inc.

Variety Early Learning Center           

WestCare Nevada, Inc.                      

YMCA of Southern Nevada