The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosted its annual Grant Distribution and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tonight at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Chapter awarded $275,000 to 78 local children's charities at the ceremony.

Children from all recipients were invited to attend the event, which included musical entertainment by Malia Civetz and dancing by the Culture Shock dance group. The evening concluded with a visit from Santa Claus (delivered to the speedway in a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car) and gifts for each child.

Fundraising events for the 2009 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions Presented By Autotrader.com (which honored Carroll Shelby), the 11th annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's seventh annual golf tournament and the sixth annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel & Casino.

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.

2009 Las Vegas grant recipients:
AmeriFace
Amerindian, Inc.
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Best Buddies Nevada
Boys and Girls Club of Henderson
Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas
Boys Town Nevada
C.H.I.L.D. Ministries Inc.
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
CASA Foundation
Chabad of Green Valley
Children's Heart Foundation
Clark Country Law Foundation
Clark County Parent Cooperative
Communities In School of Southern Nevada
Culture Shock Las Vegas
Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada
East Valley Family Services
Easter Seals of Southern Nevada
Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada
Family to Family Connection
First Book
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Girl Scouts of Frontier Council
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars
HELP of Southern Nevada
Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada
I Have a Dream
Kids Camp Las Vegas
Las Vegas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Las Vegas Chamber Music Corporation
Las Vegas Charter School of the Deaf
Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp Fund
Little Lucy's Child Care
Lutheran Secondary School Association of Clark County, Nevada Inc.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
Miracle Flights for Kids
Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nellis Air Force Base Youth Program
Nellis Baptist Church
Nevada Blind Children's Foundation
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
New Horizons Academy
Opportunity Village
Police Athletic League of Southern Nevada
Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of Nevada
Shoes That Fit
Solid Rock Christian Church
Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center
Southern Nevada Baptist Assoc./Raceway Ministries
Southern Nevada Children First
Special Olympics Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada
Street Teens
The Lullaby Connection
The Shade Tree
Three Square
WestCare Nevada
YMCA of Southern Nevada

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