Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will once again ring in the holiday season in its own special way by providing more than $750,000 to area charities as part of its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Grant Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in front of The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway.

Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will award $752,466 in grants to 198 charities, making both the grant total and amount of charities being awarded record marks for the chapter. The previous record was established last year when SCC awarded $501,266 in grants to 164 charities. SCC has awarded over $4.7 million in grants during the past 11 years.

"This tree lighting and grant ceremony always marks a special time of the year for Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "I'm proud of all the hard work our Texas Chapter has done to be able to award more money to more area groups than ever before. This ceremony is a great example of the generosity of our race fans and the ground-breaking efforts of Speedway Children's Charities."

The tree lighting and grant awards ceremony will be held in front of The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway and will feature "The Biggest Living Christmas Tree In The Metroplex." The massive 62-foot Douglas fir, courtesy of the Ben E. Keith Co., will be adorned with more than 10,000 lights and oversized ornaments.

Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will present grant checks to charities from Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties as well as grants to the local arts. Organizations receiving awards utilize the grants for a variety of programs including medical and dental care for low-income children, air ambulance services, food banks, shelters and more.

Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas, Inc., Child Abuse Prevention Center, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Texas Ballet Theater and Genesis Women's Shelter are just an example of the various charities that will receive grants from Speedway Children's Charities. Several organizations receiving grants have volunteered this year for SCC and have logged over 470 hours in service.

The Texas Girls' Choir will open the ceremony at 5:30 p.m. by performing holiday music. In its 43-year history, the Texas Girls' Choir has performed in more than 50 countries and in major concert halls, including the famed Carnegie Hall.

For more information on Speedway Children's Charities and our upcoming events, visit www.scctexas.org or contact Wendy Odenbach at 817.215-8564.