The Atlanta Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities awarded more than $245,000 to spread holiday cheer at the annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Celebration at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Dec. 2, 2008.

Atlanta's Speedway Children's Charities chapter will provide grants to 28 local children's organizations with the goal of making a difference in the lives of children. The funds were distributed to groups providing social, emotional and media services to children in need.

Representatives from the 28 local children's organizations attended to accept their check. In addition, the event featured children's activities, a performance by a local children's choir and a surprise visit from Santa, who will make trip to Atlanta from the North Pole just for this significant event.

The more than $245,000 being awarded was raised by Atlanta's Speedway Children's Charities through a combination of events, including the "Festival of Suites" presented by AutoTrader.com, 50/50 raffles held during Thursday Thunder Legends races, the NASCAR Foundation track walk sponsored by Aflac, the Reed Sorenson Charity Golf Classic presented by AutoTrader.com, and the inaugural SCC Clay Shoot presented by Atreus Homes. Speedway Children's Charities also received donations from individuals and corporations.

Founded in 1982 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. chairman O. Bruton Smith, making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities and the organization strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations they support nationwide.

Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. SCC has eight chapters nationwide in markets where Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has NASCAR speedways.

For more information on the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities or the 2008 Grant Distribution and Holiday Celebration, visit http://atlanta.speedwaycharities.org/ or email Shaun Birindelli at shaunb@atlantamotorspeedway.com.

2008 Grant Recipients:

A Friend's House

Bert's Big Adventure

Boy Scouts of America Flint River Council

Brain Tumor Foundation

Calvin Center

Camp Kudzu

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Clayton County Challengers

Clayton County Royal Family Kid's Camp

Community Bible Fellowship

Cure Childhood Cancer

Fayette Youth Protection Home

Ferst Foundation of Henry County

Fragile Kids Foundation

Genesis Shelter

Girl Scouts of Pine Valley Council

Girls on the Run

Haven House

Henry County Special Olympics

Henry County YMCA

MDA

Noah's Ark

People First of Henry County

Rainbow House

Southwest Christian Care

Stepping Stones

The Sullivan Center

United Cerebral Palsy