Atlanta's Speedway Children's Charities chapter will provide grants to 35 local children's organizations and grants to 9 national 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.

The more than $237,000 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.

2009 Grant Recipients:

A Friend's House

Advo-kids CASA

Art's Clayton, Inc.

Bert's Big Adventure

Boy Scouts of America Flint River Council

Brain Tumor Foundation for Children

Calvin Center

Camp Kudzu

Camp Sunshine

Camp Twin Lakes

Chastain Horse Park, Ltd.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Clayton County Challengers

Community Bible Fellowship

Crosswalk Ministries

Cure Childhood Cancer, Inc.

Dream Makers Youth Foundation

Flint Circuit Council on Family Violence - Haven House

Fragile Kids Foundation

Fulton County CASA

Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc.

Henry Arts Alliance, Inc.

Henry County Parks and Rec - Special Olympics

Kate's Club, Inc.

Motor Racing Outreach

Noah's Ark Children Care Homes, Inc.

People First of Henry County

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Project Linus

Royal Family Kid's Camp of Clayton County

Southwest Christian Care

The Bridge, Inc.

Tiny Stitches

United Cerebral Palsy of Macon and Middle Georgia

Users New Look

Childress Institute

Duke Children's Hospital

Jamie McMurray Foundation

Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Kyle Busch Foundation

Operation Purple

The Dale Jr. Foundation

The Jeff Gordon Foundation

Tony Stewart Foundation