The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosted its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., in the media center in the infield of the superspeedway.

The Las Vegas Chapter granted $290,000 to 57 local children's charities at the ceremony.  The list of grant recipients included: Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada, I Have a Dream Foundation Inc., Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Miracle Flights for Kids, Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp, Positively Kids, and Shade Tree.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and children from all 57 organizations attended the event.  The evening's festivities included a performance by the Culture Shock Las Vegas inner city dance troupe and local vocalist Malia Civetz.  Santa Claus also is made an appearance and Chris Powell, LVMS's president and general manager, lit the traditional SCC holiday tree.

Fundraising events for the 2008 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions (which honored Dr. Dale Carrison), the 10th annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's sixth annual golf tournament, and the fifth annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel & Casino.

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. Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $314,000 to 67 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.

2008 Grant Recipients - Las Vegas:
AboutFace USA
Adoption Exchange
American Lung Association of the Southwest
Arthritis Foundation
Assistance League of Las Vegas 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada  
Boys Hope Girls Hope 
Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada
CASA Foundation 
Chabad of Green Valley 
Children's Heart Foundation    
Civitan Foundation of Arizona/Southern Nevada
Courtney Children's Foundation   
Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.
East Valley Family Services
Easter Seals of Southern Nevada
Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
First Book
Girl Scouts of Frontier Council
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation 
Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada
"I Have a Dream" Foundation, Inc. - Las Vegas
Las Vegas Chamber Music Corporation 
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Review Journal-Newspapers in Education  
Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund 
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
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 Childhood Cancer Foundation
Nevada Children's Center
Nevada Diabetes Association for Children and Adults
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Police Athletic League of Southern Nevada
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center
Southern Nevada Baptist Association/Raceway Ministries
Special Olympics Northern California
Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of Nevada, Inc. 
Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids 
Street Teens  
The Friends of the Rainbow Company
The Lullaby Connection
The Shade Tree
United Family Community Services
University of Nevada School of Medicine Multispecialty Group Practice South
Variety Early Learning Center
WestCare Nevada, Inc.  
YMCA of Southern Nevada