One of our favorite nights of the year continued its long standing tradition of helping non-profit organizations improve the lives of children in North Texas! Speedway Children’s Charities distributed more than $500,000 in grants during our annual Christmas tree lighting and grant ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway.
This special evening was complete with holiday songs sung by members of the Chisholm Trail Choir from Rhome and topped off with the arrival of Santa Claus in Texas Motor Speedway’s “No Limits” Wild Asphalt Circus Ural motorcycle with sidecar. With the help of Santa Claus, Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter kicked off the ceremony with the traditional lighting of “The Biggest Living Christmas Tree In The Metroplex,” a 65-foot Douglas fir tree. In the season of giving, Speedway Children’s Charities awarded grants to 19 Dallas/Fort Worth-area organizations.
The Founder’s Grant, first instituted in 2009, has continued to help organizations fund capital improvement projects. For Christian Community Action in Lewisville, receiving a Founder’s Grant will help continue its effort to improve the lives of struggling families. The grant will help the organization transform its warehouse into a Speedway Kids Corner, which will serve as a learning haven for the children that benefit from the organization.
Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas, the second Founder’s Grant recipient, utilize the grant for much-needed transportation upgrades. The organization, which has helped empower young girls for more than 43 years, has continued to drive outdated, high-mileage vans to transport girls to its four campus sites across Dallas.
The Founder’s Grant will enable the organization the purchase a new fleet of buses that will be decaled with Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter to help continue to provide vital transportation to the more than 800 girls it serves throughout the year.
Coupled with grants, Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter with the help of key sponsors provided crafts and awarded toys and cowboy boots to the children from the organizations receiving grants. One hundred children were able to decorate their own Christmas ornament courtesy of Michaels, as well as receive two Mattel toys and a pair of cowboy boots courtesy of Toyota of Fort Worth.
In addition to the Founder’s Grants, Speedway Children’s Charities also awarded 17 Partner Grants ranging from $6,000 to $25,000. The recipients of this year’s Partner Grants are:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth
- Camp Summit, Inc.
- Cancer Care Services
- Children’s Craniofacial Association
- Children First, Inc.
- Cook Children’s Health Foundation
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
- Denton Kiwanis Club Children’s Clinic, Inc.
- Heroes For Children
- Interfaith Housing Coalition
- Interfaith Ministries of Denton, Inc.
- Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers
- Network of Community Ministries, Inc.
- Prevent Blindness Texas
- Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
- Tarrant Area Food Bank
- Texas Christian University KinderFrogs
Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter has continued to make an impact of the lives of children during its 16 years serving North Texas. Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter has distributed more than $8.5 million in grants since it was established in 1997. To illustrate the impact, you could fill the grandstands of Texas Motor Speedway 15 times with the number of children that have benefited from the charity’s support.