NASCAR Fans Can Bid on Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences and Help Children in Need

Speedway Children’s Charities and Charlotte Motor Speedway have teamed up to put together once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at the upcoming NASCAR events up for auction. All items available are exclusive and meant to give fans the VIP treatment at the race. Packages up for bid include a chance to be in Victory Circle at the Bank of America 500,  the opportunity to ride in the truck with a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver during driver introductions at the Dollar General 300 and with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver during driver introductions at the Bank of America 500, a VIP day with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver James Buescher, a Meet & Greet with the Goo Goo Dolls, and more. Proceeds from the auction go toward helping local children in need.

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Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Welcomes Jeff Burton

Burton, the winner of the Texas Motor Speedway’s inaugural Sprint Cup Series race in 1997 and the first Cup driver with multiple victories at the 1.5-mile track, will become the 18th member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Burton will be honored Thursday, April 7, at the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter that will be held in The Speedway Club’s Grand Ballroom during the Duck Commander 5000 NASCAR weekend. The event recognizes some of the most outstanding individuals in motorsports.

In addition to Burton, NASCAR Hall of Famers Glen and Leonard Wood, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship contender Martin Truex Jr. and 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Erik Jones will be honored at the gala.

Burton earned the first of his 21 career Sprint Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway with his victory in the Interstate Batteries 500 in 1997. Ten years later, he became with first Sprint Cup Series driver with multiple victories at TMS when he led just one lap en route to the win in the 2007 Samsung 500.

The Wood brothers will receive the Bruton Smith Legend Award for their contributions to the sport. Both Glen and Leonard have been instrumental to the success of NASCAR and Wood Brothers Racing, which was founded in 1950. Since that time, the organization has become cemented in the legacy of NASCAR. Still competing in the famed No. 21 car, the team holds the distinction of being the oldest active team in NASCAR. Some of NASCAR’s legendary drivers competed for Wood Brothers Racing including Glen Wood, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Junior Johnson, Bob Welborn, Ralph Earnhardt, Ned Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Tiny Lund, Marvin Panch, Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt, David Pearson, Neil Bonnett, Buddy Baker and Dale Jarrett.

Stewart will be honored with the prestigious Maj. General Thomas Sadler Award for his support of Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter. Stewart’s support as host of his annual “Smoke Show” fantasy camp and contributions with his parade lap for auctions has allowed Speedway Children’s Charities to raise more than $1.5 million, all of which is distributed to North Texas non-profit organizations benefitting children.

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SCC to Host Inaugural Charity Bowling Tournament, Names Seal-Pro as Presenting Sponsor

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is excited to announce that Seal-Pro has been named the Presenting Sponsor of its inaugural Splitting Pins for Kids charity bowling tournament. The event will take place at Super Bowl in Erlanger, Kentucky, on Saturday, March 26 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“Not only are we eager to host a new, refreshing event for our local community to enjoy this year, but we are thrilled to have Seal-Pro increase their already generous contribution and become the Presenting Sponsor of such a great event,” said Kentucky Chapter Director Dayna Winslette. “Seal-Pro has been a consistent donor to Speedway Children’s Charities over the years, and we look forward to continuing this great relationship with them.”

Splitting Pins for Kids presented by Seal-Pro is a family-friendly event that is open to the public for people of all ages and requires pre-registration for participation. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Admission will not be sold at the door on the day of the event.

Bowlers will have an opportunity to rub elbows with their favorite local TV and radio on-air personalities who are taking time out of their busy schedules to support SCC and raise money to help children in need in the tri-state area.

Through Monday, February 29 or until all available lanes are filled, teams of four (4) participants are available for $200 per team, with the option to upgrade to a Lane Sponsor for an additional donation of $150 per team. Individual bowlers can also sign up for the event for $50 per person. Contributions over the Fair Market Value of each item are tax-deductible.

The cost includes two hours of bowling, ball and shoe rental, meal, gift and team photo for each registered participant. Each Lane Sponsor also receives a sign above the team’s line that features the company logo or team name and verbal recognition as a Lane Sponsor by the event host. After this posted deadline, prices for participation and sponsorship will slightly increase.

All funds raised during this event are put directly back into the tri-state community through SCC’s annual Grant Distribution Program, where funding is awarded to non-profit children’s organizations that provide services to youth in educational, financial, social and medical need.

Space is limited for this event, so reserve your team early to avoid missing out on this great opportunity. For further information or to register for this event, please visit our bowling tournament information page.

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N.H. SCC Delivers $250,000 to Local Nonprofits

Providing the perfect setting for holiday cheer and benevolence, the Palace Theatre on Thursday once again served as a fitting host for Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual grant distribution. The 2015 total of $252,435 put the New Hampshire chapter’s grand total at more than $1.2 million since the first distribution back in 2009.

Joining New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager David McGrath and SCC New Hampshire chapter director Cheryl LaPrade were New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, who helped hand out checks to the 60 New England nonprofit organizations, benefiting more than 110,000 children.

“We wouldn’t be able to provide these grants without the help of so many people,” said LaPrade. “This is always a very special day for me to be standing here in front of all of you. Your efforts, all year-round, don’t go unnoticed – thank you for all that you do.”

Over the last seven years, NHMS and SCC have helped support nearly 285,000 children across New England.

“I’m so very proud to be associated with this wonderful organization. I’m the proud product of a large family, there were 11 of us, and programs like the Boys & Girls Club were a big part of our lives growing up,” said McGrath. “We know the work doesn’t stop today. This is the fruit of this year’s efforts, and with Cheryl at the helm, it will be a very successful 2016.”

This year’s event welcomed more than 150 representatives from the 60 organizations to the Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester.

“It’s fitting that I’m here today on the set of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Today speaks to the message of the holidays and the commitment we have to each other year-round,” said Hassan. “This time of year, the days are shortest, darkness is all around us and it gets cold. But we overcome that darkness by coming together and reinforcing the strength that we as human beings give each other. And it all starts and ends with the great work of everyone in this room here today.”

“I visit a lot of our programs here in the city and I know the tough times that they have. These checks they will be receiving make a huge difference,” said Gatsas, noting the 12 non-profit programs in the Manchester area that received grant checks. “The speedway does a great job of raising these dollars and a big reason for that is from the fans that go to the races. We are very thankful for those fans generous contributions.”

New Hampshire is one of eight SCC chapters in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) family. This year, the eight chapters raised close to $3 million to help children in need across the country. Since its inception in 1982, SCC has awarded more than $44 million to nonprofit organizations.

Money raised through the New Hampshire Chapter includes events such as the “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament, NASCAR Champions Breakfast, Red Bucket Brigade (July and September), Driver Memorabilia Auction, Lobster Bake, Track Walk and the Safe Kids 500, as well as both NASCAR weekends.

Speedway Children’s Charities is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1982 with the mission: to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. There are eight SCC chapters across the United States, representing the communities surrounding SMI speedways. Each chapter is run independently with the purpose of helping children in need within its local region.

The 2015 nonprofit organizations receiving checks include:

Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc. – Casco, Maine
Girls on the Run-Maine – Portland, Maine

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence – Lawrence, Mass.
Boys & Girls Club of Lowell – Lowell, Mass.
Boys & Girls Club of Metro West, Inc. – Marlborough, Mass.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Brookline, Mass.
Family Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. – Lawrence, Mass.
Lazarus House, Inc. – Lawrence, Mass.
Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. – Lowell, Mass.
The SHINE Initiative c/o Community Foundation – Leominster, Mass.

New Hampshire
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire – Manchester, N.H.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord – Concord, N.H.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua -Nashua, N.H.
Boys & Girls of the North Country -Littleton, N.H.
Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley – Milford, N.H.
Capital Region Food Program – Concord, N.H.
Child and Family Services of New Hampshire – Manchester, N.H.
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Lebanon, N.H.
City Year, Inc. -Manchester, N.H.
Community Alliance for Teen Safety – Derry, N.H.
Concord Community Music School -Concord, N.H.
Concord Family YMCA – Concord, N.H.
Concord Hospital Trust -Concord, N.H.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire – Manchester, N.H.
David’s House -Lebanon, N.H.
Easter Seals New Hampshire, Inc. – Manchester, N.H.
End 68 Hours of Hunger – Somersworth, N.H.
Granite State Adaptive – Mirror Lake, N.H.
Granite State Children’s Alliance – Nashua, N.H.
Injury Prevention Center of NH (Trustees of Dartmouth) – Lebanon, N.H.
Inti Soccer Academy – Manchester, N.H.
Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation – Nashua, N.H.
LRGHealthcare – Laconia, N.H.
Mary and John Elliot Charitable Foundation – Manchester, N.H.
Mayhew – Bristol, N.H.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Corp. – Concord, N.H.
Mental Health Center of Southern New Hampshire – Derry, N.H.
Muscular Dystrophy Association – Manchester, N.H.
New Hampshire Catholic Charities – Manchester, N.H.
New Hampshire Children’s Trust, Inc. – Concord, N.H.
New Hampshire Kids Count, Inc. – Concord, N.H.
On Belay, Inc. – Durham, N.H.
Ossipee Children’s Fund -Center Ossipee, N.H.
Palace Theater Trust – Manchester, N.H.
Reach for the Top Therapy Services – Dover, N.H.
The Circle Program – Plymouth, N.H.
The Granite YMCA  – Manchester, N.H.
The Upper Room:  A Family Resource Center – Derry, N.H.
The Webster House – Manchester, N.H.
Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council – Northfield, N.H.
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. – Goffstown, N.H.
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Nashua – Merrimack, N.H.
Zebra Crossings – Dover, N.H. read more

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PJ 5k Run & 1-Mile Walk through Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Speedway Children’s Charities will host its third annual PJ 5k Run & 1-Mile Walk at Las Vegas Motor Speedway through Glittering Lights on Sunday, November 22nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Visitors will experience more than 450 light displays while racing to the finish line.

Last year, more than 800 participants ran, jogged or walked the course in their pajamas! The course takes runners and walkers through the Glittering Lights holiday light display at the superspeedway.

Glittering Lights is Nevada’s largest drive-through Christmas light show with millions of LED lights and hundreds of sparkling light displays.

Individuals, kids in strollers and teams are welcome. Entry fees range from $15 to $35 dollars. Participants may register at the event or online.

Online Registration will begin in September.

The PJ 5K is sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, CBS Radio Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Big Valley Towing, GameWorks Town Square and Hanratty Law Group.

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Rockin’ for the Kids with Wonderbread 5

Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) will be Rockin’ for the Kids at its first annual charity concert on Monday, Aug. 24, at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma.

This festive evening, which kicks off the Verizon IndyCar Series championship weekend at Sonoma Raceway, will feature live music from the Bay Area’s premier party band, Wonderbread 5, plus great food and Lagunitas beer. The best part? All proceeds benefit Sonoma County youth groups through SCC.

For just $50 you can enjoy a live show by Wonderbread 5 and a BBQ chicken dinner. Don’t miss your chance to rock out for a good cause on Monday, Aug. 24, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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[#AskBristol Show Ep. 18] Winter Events at BMS with Betsy Holleman

Speedway Children’s Charities Bristol Chapter Marketing and Events Manager Betsy Holleman joins Drew and Kimberlyn this week to talk about the Bristol Motor Speedway Winter events including The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, the Ice Rink and much much more.

In total, we talk about:

  1. The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights
  2. The NEW BMS Express
  3. The Ice Rink Presented by HVAC
  4. Santa’s Sleigh Presented by Dollywood
  5. The NEW Jingle Bell Lane Fast Pass Option
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Landon Michael Speaks for Speedway Children’s Charities

Landon Michael speaks for Speedway Children’s Charities in a recently produced PSA to raise awareness for the organization. It features his recent single, “Might As Well Be Me,” which speaks to anyone who strives for something more in life.

“To be a part of a cause that impacts the lives of children who are sick or less fortunate is such an honor and privilege for me,” says Michael.  “Speedway Children’s Charities is an impeccable organization.  My small contribution to helping inform communities about the work they do is a very humbling experience.”

Speedway Children’s Charities help kids lead productive lives and ensure they have the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.  Speedway’s local chapters are partners in change working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing issues dealing with children in their communities.  Their goal is to ensure every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.

“We are thankful to Landon Michael for being a part of the video for Speedway Children’s Charities.  Through Landon’s song and message, we will be able to raise awareness for our cause.  We cannot tell you what it means to everyone here at SCC for his kindness,” states Saundy Hutto, National Director of Business Development.

Scheduled for a December 1 release, the spot will run on local television, NASCAR speedways affiliated with SCC and the web.

Speedway Children’s Charities is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.  Since the organization was founded in 1982, SCC has raised more than $47 million and made a difference in the lives of more than 11.3 million children across the United States.

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