Atlanta Motor Speedway is proud to host a NASCAR star-studded charity reception and auction on Thursday, October 26 to benefit Speedway Children's Charities and the Ryan Newman Foundation. Presented by Alltel Wireless and emceed by local radio talent Dallas McCade and special guest Dan Elliott, "Harvest Nights" will feature live entertainment, driver meet and greets and a live and silent auction that features NASCAR memorabilia and other items. Held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to meet some of NASCAR's top drivers and legends. Those expected to attend include Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Buddy Baker, Rex White, Ray Evernham, Erin Crocker and Chad Chaffin. "To be associated with two deserving charitable organizations is a privilege" said Ed Clark, President of AMS. "It is also a great way for our fans to meet current and past drivers and car owners, including one of the 10 in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup Championship (Kahne)." The cost is $100 per person contribution. The event will be held in the Tara Ballroom of Atlanta Motor Speedway just south of Atlanta. Attire for this event is business casual. Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, the organization impacts the lives of children by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that their needs are met and that no child is left behind … regardless of illness, social environment or disability. Bruton Smith founded Speedway Children's Charities in 1984. The organization has dispersed more than $15 million and has chapters connected to all six SMI tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Ryan Newman Foundation was founded by NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie in January 2005. The mission of the foundation is to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation, the care of animals, as well as funding to students who are interested in pursuing auto racing careers. For more information, visit www.ryannewmanfoundation.org. For more information, please contact AMS Chapter Director Pat Thompson at (770) 946-3921.