December 2, 2008 was the night of the Annual Speedway Children's Charities Grant Ceremony and Tree Lighting event out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smiles and excitement were everywhere.

This is one holiday event where kids can be kids, and adults can be happy to have brought them to a party and thrilled to receive additional funds to help assist them with their respective charities!

Speedway Children's Charities - Las Vegas distributed $290,000 to 54 Las Vegas based charities. Santa hopped off a Richard Petty race car, specially decorated with holiday lights, and posed for pictures with all the children. Each child received a gift along with a candy cane and their photo with Santa. There is nothing more heart warming then to see a little child's face light up when they receive their holiday gift!

The event also featured a visit from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman; a heartfelt speech by LVMS President and General Manager Chris Powell; performances Culture Shock- Las Vegas dance troupe and 9th grade(!) vocalist Malia Civetz; along with magician Mr. Dixie Dooley who surprised the kids with thoughts of 'now where did it go?'.

Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. Tuesday night did just that and SCC-LV strives to do it again and again every year!

From Loralee Boughton

Vice Chair of the board and chair of the Tree Lighting Ceremony