Tuesday November 29th, was an unforgettable evening for 23 non-profit organizations in North Texas. We held our annual tree lighting and grant ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway and had an incredible turnout! We are proud to announce that this year we topped over $8 million in giving to the North Texas community since 1997.

We could fill the grandstands of Texas Motor Speedway FOURTEEN TIMES with the number of children we have been able to positively impact in our 15 years of service to the North Texas community.

Of the $500,000 distributed at the grant ceremony, $300,000 was awarded through our Partner grants to 22 very deserving organizations. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth received the Betty Rutherford Founders grant in the amount of $125,000 to help build a playground at the Butler Branch. The playground will provide a safe place for the children at Butler Branch to play and learn. We are thrilled to announce the Speeding to Help Program at Texas Motor Speedway has agreed to partner with Speedway Children's Charities in August of 2012 to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth put the finishing touches on their playground.

Santa arrived from the North Pole a little early this year to deliver 109 bikes and helmets to children who attended our tree lighting ceremony with some of our partner organizations. Once the kiddos made it through the bike corral and were fitted for the right helmet, they made their way up to the concourse where they joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Santa himself for a ride through the Gift of Lights. The Gift of Lights is a 1.7 mile light display on the Texas Motor Speedway concourse. The folks at Gift of Lights VERY generously donated a tour through the concourse to every participant and guest at the annual tree lighting ceremony.

We are so proud of the work we have been able to do for so many organizations serving children in need in North Texas and look forward to another record breaking year in 2012.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at Speedway Children's Charities at Texas Motor Speedway!