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, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Busch garage (in the infield of the superspeedway).

The Las Vegas Chapter will grant $299,000 to 64 local children's charities at the ceremony.  Among the 64 recipients are: Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars, "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 64 organizations are scheduled to attend the event.  The evening's festivities will include a performance by the Culture Shock Las Vegas inner city dance troupe, a choir from the Girl Scouts Frontier Council and local talent Malia Civetz.  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 2006 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions, the eighth annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's fourth annual golf tournament and the second annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel and Casino.

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.


2006 Las Vegas Chapter grant recipients:


Adoption Exchange

Arthritis Foundation

Assistance League of Las Vegas              

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 of the Night                                                                

Children's Service Guild                       

Civitan Foundation of Arizona/Southern Nevada

Classroom on Wheels                                                              

Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada                           

Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.

Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada                  

Family to Family Connection

First Tee of Southern Nevada

Future Stars of America                           

Girls and Boys Town

Girl Scouts of Frontier Council                 

Greater Las Vegas After-School All Stars

Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada

Heritage United Methodist Church Food Closet                       

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

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                                                                                 

Nevada Ballet Theatre

Nevada Child Seekers 

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation    

Nevada Injury Prevention                        

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth          

New Horizons Center for Learning       

Opportunity Village

Positively Kids

Saint Therese Center

Second Chance Foundation

Southern Nevada Baptist Association/Raceway Ministries

Southern Nevada Police Athletic League

Southern Nevada Public Television

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

UNLV School of Medicine      

WestCare Nevada, Inc.                       

YMCA of Southern Nevada