The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted more than $260,000 to 47 local charities at its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, Opportunity Village, Candlelighters For Childhood Cancer, Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas 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 in a Richard Petty Driving Experience race car.

Fundraising events for the 2011 season included the chapter’s ninth annual golf tournament, the eighth annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, the inaugural Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the third annual WNFR Celebrity Bowling Tournament.

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.

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2011 Grant Recipients:

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Baby's Bounty
Best Buddies International Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada - Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson
Candlelighters For Childhood Cancer
Chabad of Green Valley, Inc.
Clark County Law Foundation
Clark County Parent Cooperative, Inc.
Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.
Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada
East Valley Family Services
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
HELP of Southern Nevada
Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada
Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Inc.
Las Vegas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Las Vegas Clark County Urban League CAA
Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
Miracle Flights for Kids
Miracle League Las Vegas
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation
Nellis AFB, Youth Program
Nevada Blind Children's Foundation
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF)
Nevada Children's Center Inc.
Olive Crest
Opportunity Village ARC
Police Athletic League of Southern Nevada
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
Shoes that fit
Special Olympics of Northern California
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Nevada, Inc.
Spread the Word Nevada
Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis, Inc. DBA Safe Nest
The Lullaby Connection
The Shade Tree, Inc.
YMCA of Southern Nevada