The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will hold its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., in the media center in the infield of the superspeedway.

The Las Vegas Chapter will grant $314,000 to 66 local children's charities at the ceremony. The list of grant recipients includes: Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Southern Nevada, 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, North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon and children from all 66 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 and local talent Malia Civetz. Santa Claus also is scheduled to make an appearance and LVMS General Manager Chris Powell will light the traditional SCC holiday tree.

Fundraising events for the 2007 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions (which honored Ken Black), the ninth annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's fifth annual golf tournament, and the fourth 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.

2007 Grant Recipients - Las Vegas
AboutFace USA
Adoption Exchange
Amerindian, Inc.
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Big Brothers and Big Sisters
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 of the Night
Civitan Foundation of Arizona/Southern Nevada
Clark County Parent Cooperative
Classroom on Wheels
Courtney Children's Foundation
Culture Shock Las Vegas, Inc.
Easter Seals of Southern Nevada
Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada
Family to Family Connection
Girls and Boys Town
Girl Scouts of Frontier Council
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
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 Art Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Review Journal-Newspapers in Education
Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
Lili Clare Foundation Family Resource Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
MedSchool Associates South
Miracle Flights for Kids
Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nellis AFB Youth Program
Nevada Blind Children's Foundation
Nevada Child Seekers
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
Nevada Diabetes Association for Children and Adults
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Nevada Youth Alliance
New Horizons Academy
Olive Crest
Opportunity Village
Positively Kids
Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach
Second Chance Foundation
Southern Nevada Baptist Association/Raceway Ministries
Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of Nevada, Inc.
Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids
St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Street Teens
Sunrise Children's Foundation
The Lullaby Connection
The Public Education Foundation
The Shade Tree
Variety Early Learning Center
Variety The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada
WestCare Nevada, Inc.
YMCA of Southern Nevada