Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities

granted $275,000 to 67 local children's causes Tuesday


The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities held its annual Grant Distribution and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The Las Vegas chapter granted $275,000 to 67 local children's charities at the ceremony, an increase of 16 groups from 2004. Honored guests included Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Secretary of State Dean Heller.

The evening's festivities included holiday vocal selections by Malia Civetz, and performances by the J.D. Smith Middle School mariachi band and Culture Shock Las Vegas inner city dance troupe.  Steph MacKenzie from KXPT-FM 97.1 served as M.C.

The list of 67 recipients included: Amerindian, Inc., 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 , Opportunity Village and Shade 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 inaugural 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.  Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters located at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities, including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Each chapter's objective is to assist as many children as possible.