FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Nov. 27, 2001) - As Americans continue to donate in record numbers to national charities since the tragedies of Sept. 11, the Texas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) prepares to hand out a record $403,572 to 92 ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Nov. 27, 2001) - As Americans continue to donate in record numbers to national charities since the tragedies of Sept. 11, the Texas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) prepares to hand out a record $403,572 to 92 Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin County organizations benefiting children.
The SCC will present the checks at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday evening, December 4 at The Speedway Club. Ben E. Keith Corporation is the sponsor for this year's event.
"There has been a nationwide concern that the events of Sept. 11 might take attention away from local charities who are also in need," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "I believe this incredible amount of money raised through Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities shows that the citizens of North Texas are still committed to helping those here at home."
SCC annually holds special fund-raising activities at Texas Motor Speedway to benefit Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin County organizations that apply for the grants. Since the construction of the speedway five years ago, SCC has raised nearly $1.5 million for charitable children's organizations. Of this year's record amount, more than $100,000 has been raised since Sept. 11.
"This has been an incredible year - our best ever," said Alicia Jenkins, director of the Texas Chapter of SCC. "People have just been amazing in how they've given of both their time and money.
"We hold several events each year, including a gala which is our biggest fundraiser. This year's gala was scheduled for Sept. 12 in conjunction with our Indy Racing weekend. After the tragedies of Sept. 11 we debated whether or not we could even hold the event. We decided to move ahead as planned and ironically, it was our most successful gala to date."
The Dec. 4 event will be held in front of The Speedway Club beginning with entertainment at 5:45 p.m. The ceremonies begin at 6:15 p.m. and include a visit from Santa, who will appropriately arrive in the back of a NASCAR truck driven by NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver David Starr, as well as the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree. The event will be hosted by SCC board member and KXAS-TV sports director Scott Murray. Following the tree lighting ceremony, the special SCC grants and awards will be presented.
SPEEDWAY CHILDREN'S CHARITIES - 2001 Grant Recipients
Achievement Center of Texas
All Church Home for Children
Alliance for Children
American Lung Assoc. of Texas
American Red Cross- Chisholm Trail
American Red Cross- Dallas
Ann's Haven - VNA
ARC of Denton County
Arlington Museum of Art
Arlington Night Shelter
Big Brother/Big Sister- Arlington
Big Brother/Big Sister- Tarrant County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Boys & Girls Clubs of Denton County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater FW
Bridge Emergency Youth Services
Bryan's House - OPEN Arms Inc.
Buckner Children's Home
Camp Summit Inc.
Cancer Care Services
CASA of Collin County
CASA of Denton County
Cassata Learning Center
Child Advocates of Tarrant County
Child Study Center
Children's Medical of Dallas
Chisholm Trail RSVP
Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids
Collin Co. Children's Advocacy Center
Communities in Schools - Denton
Communities in Schools - Greater Tarrant
Cook Children's Hospital
Corner Stone Assistance Network
Creative Arts Theater and School
Crime Prevention Resource Center
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Dare to Dream Kids Foundation
Dental Health of Arlington, Inc.
Denton Christian Pre-School
Denton Kiwanis Children's Clinic
First Texas Council Camp Fire Boys/Girls
Fort Worth Museum of Science/History
Fort Worth Opera Association
Galaxy Counseling Center
Gill Children's Services, Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County
Green Oaks School
Holy Family School
Hope Tutoring Center, Inc.
I Have A Dream Foundation - FW
Imagination Celebration - FW
Kash For Kids (S.A.V.E.)
Leadership Fort Worth
Lena Pope Home, Inc.
Lone Star Council-Camp Fire Boys/Girls
Low Birth Weight Development Center
Make A Wish Foundation- North Texas
Marillac Social Center
McFadden Community Advisory Council
North Texas SIDS Foundation
Open Arms Home Inc.
Our Friends Place
Partner's in Education: Star-Telegram
Performing Arts of Fort Worth
Presbyterian Night Shelter/Tarrant Co.
Retina Foundation of the Southwest
Richardson Development Center
Rise School at TCU
Score a Goal in the Classroom
Scottish Rite Hospital
Special Care & Career Services
St. Phillip's School/Community Center
Summer Santa Inc.
Tarrant County Challenge Inc.
Tarrant County Hospital District
Tarrant County Youth Collaboration
Union Gospel Mission
United Cerebral Palsy-Dallas
Van Cliburn Foundation
Wish with Wings, Inc.
Women's Center - Tarrant County