The Atlanta Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will start spreading holiday joy at the annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Celebration at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Tara Ballroom at AMS.

The Atlanta Chapter Board of Trustees recently approved 28 grants totaling nearly $350,000 to local children's organizations. The funds are distributed to groups providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need.

This year's event will be hosted by Charlie Filkins and Scott Sargent "The Car Guys" from WEKS 92.5 FM, "The Bear" and "The Car Guys TV Show".  Representatives from each organization receiving a grant will be present to accept their check and participate in a holiday sing-a-long. Santa Claus is taking a break from his busy holiday schedule to make an appearance at this important event.

The money awarded this year was raised by a combination of events including the "Festival of Suites", several Thursday Thunder Legends 50/50 raffles, the NASCAR Track Walk and the inaugural Reed Sorenson Charity Golf Classic. Speedway Children's Charities also receives donations from individuals and corporations.

Speedway Children's Charities (www.speedwaycharities.org) is a non-profit organization that was founded by O. Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motor Sports Inc., in 1984 and is headquartered at Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

2007 Grant Recipients

100 Black Men of Atlanta                

A Friends Place                               

Bert's Big Adventure                       

Brain Tumor Foundation                 

Camp Kudzu                                     

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta     

Clayton County Challengers           

Community Bible Fellowship          

Cure Childhood Cancer                  

Haven House                        

Flint River Council Boy Scouts       

Fragile Kids Foundation                 

Genesis "A New Life"                      

Girls On The Run

Girl Scouts of Pine Valley

Henry Arts Alliance, Inc.

Henry County Special Olympics

Inner Strength

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Noah's Ark

People First of Henry County

Rainbow House

Royal Family Kids Camp of Clayton County

Southwest Christian Center

Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center

The Sullivan Center, Inc.

UCP of Macon & Middle Georgia