Giving Back

Local chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities gifts $270k to local organizations

Speeding to the financial rescue, the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) will distribute more than $270,000 to nearly 60 local charities as the culmination of its year of fund-raising.

Since its creation in 1999, the local Speedway chapter has raised and gifted more than $5 million to Southern Nevada charities, while the national parent organization, founded in Charlotte, N.C. in 1982, has distributed more than $58 million in grants to children’s charities.

This year, the local funds are being distributed at the chapter’s annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Children and officials from most of the recipient organizations attend the event, at which families of the children also receive complimentary passes for the Glittering Lights holiday display at the Speedway.

“This is our favorite night of the year and the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work by our board and volunteers. It’s a thrill to see the smiles on the kids’ faces at our grant ceremony,” said Paulette Anderson, director of the SCC’s Las Vegas chapter, in a statement.

In 2019, local fund-raising events included Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Drive for Charity Golf Tournament, the PJ-5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, and NASCAR Weekend.

“We had another amazing year of events in 2019 and as a result we are able to help out thousands of children in need in Southern Nevada,” Anderson said. “It’s going to be a great night of celebration and we couldn’t be happier with what we accomplished this year.”

Following are this year’s grant recipients:

Assistance League of Las Vegas; Baby’s Bounty; Best Buddies International; Board of Regents/University of Nevada, Reno; Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada; Boys Town Nevada Inc.; Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer of Nevada; Chefs for Kids; Children’s Heart Foundation; CORE, powered by the Rogers Foundation;

Culture Shock Las Vegas Inc.; Dan Lea Scholarships for Nevada Broadcasters; Deaf Centers of Nevada; Discovery Children’s Museum; Easter Seals Nevada; Edward Kline Memorial Homeless Veterans Fund Inc.; El-Shaddai Refuge Homes Community Development Corp.; Epicurean Charitable Foundation; Eye Care for Kids; Foster Kinship; Foundation for Positively Kids Inc.;

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation; HELP of Southern Nevada; Helping Hands of Vegas Valley Inc.; Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada Inc.; Las Vegas National History Foundation; Leaders in Training; Little Lucy’s Child Care Inc.; Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada Inc.; Miracle Flights for Kids; Muscular Dystrophy Association; National AMBUCS Inc., Las Vegas Chapter; National Hemophilia Foundation, Nevada Chapter;

Nevada Ballet Theater; Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation; Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation; Nevada Diabetes Association for Children and Adults; Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth; New Horizons Center for Learning; Project REAL Inc.; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Las Vegas; Safe Nest: Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis Inc.; Serving Our Kids Foundation, Inc.;

Somerset Academy of Las Vegas; Somerset Academy of Las Vegas Foundation; Southern Nevada Homeschool Performing Arts; Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association; Southern Nevada Public Television/Vegas PBS; Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Nevada Inc.;

Spread the World Nevada; Street Teens; The Just One Project Inc.; the Lullaby Connection; the Police Athletic League Inc. of Southern Nevada; Three Square; Touro University Nevada; UMC Foundation Inc.; YMCA of Southern Nevada; Youth Outdoor Unity.




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