LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) will award $100,000 in grants to local groups on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
SCC will present checks to 11 local charities that directly impact the lives of children at its second-annual Christmas tree lighting and grant distribution ceremony at LVMS.
"We are very pleased to provide assistance again this year to the children of Las Vegas," said SCC Chairperson Missy Powell. "We are extremely proud of our fund-raising efforts over the past year, and we look forward to doing even more for the community in 2001.
"Last year, we awarded $65,000, so we are proud of the progress we've made in only our second year of operation. We hope to increase the number of grant applicants next year and assist a larger number of children in our area."
Grant checks will be presented to The Sam Schmidt Foundation, WestCare, Boys & Girls Club, Child Haven, Candlelighters, the Nevada Association for the Handicapped, New Directions, Amerindian, Shade Tree, Natural History Art Museum, and the Culture Shock youth dance troupe.
The ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will include the lighting of 11 Christmas trees -- one representing each charity. An exhibition by the Kirk L. Adams Elementary School Drill Team will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus.
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 facilities. The organization has distributed more than $5 million since its inception.