It has been a busy summer at the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities!
The month of May brought us All-Star Race weekend and Coca-Cola 600 Weekend. We could not have made it through race weekends without the help of our awesome volunteers. Their time, commitment, and hard work helped us raise over $20,000 for local charities in our area. That is a huge accomplishment and we truly value each and every one of them!
Our 34th Annual Gala presented by Sonic Automotive was also in May. The Gala included a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner prepared by Chef Lorena Garcia, and live entertainment from The Avett Brothers. The evening was spectacular and once again we must thank our sponsors, donors, and volunteers.
The month of June consisted of us preparing for our first ever NRA Foundation "One for the Kids" Golf Tournament presented by Autotrader.com. Everyone was able to beat the heat and enjoy a great day on the golf course. It was an extremely successful day for us as we were able to raise over $75,000! Again, without our sponsors and volunteers this would not have been possible!
As we go through July and the rest of the summer our grant applications will be coming in! We are excited to start on the process of giving back to the area. We are looking forward to ending our fiscal year in September on a successful note and start off October with a bang!
Nicole Chabot, Intern
Speedway Children's Charities- Charlotte Chapter
"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
The beginning of a new year is a time for reflections and resolutions. If your resolution is to make a difference in 2012, Speedway Children's Charities can give you that opportunity. We are now signing up volunteers for our 2012 events.
As a volunteer for SCC, your impact will be greater than you realize because your work is part of a larger outreach throughout the Charlotte area. In 2011, SCC had the opportunity to support 57 local children's charities. Here is an example of the impact your support will make:
A kindergarten student named Alyssa participated in a Helping the Hurt support group last fall following the sudden and tragic death of her mother. Alyssa’s father had never been involved in her life and this five-year-old child was overwhelmed with feelings of grief and loss.
Every Tuesday, just after lunch, Alyssa approached her teacher and announced, "Miss Amber, it’s time for my grace group." For the first several weeks, Miss Amber attempted to correct her saying, “...it’s your grief group, not your grace group.” However, Alyssa insisted on calling it her “grace group”.
Every Tuesday, for eight weeks, Alyssa was the first to arrive for the group and fully participated in every activity. Instead of anger, resentment and hopelessness, this little girl learned to work through her grief with hope, dignity and grace.
If you are interested, we are signing up volunteers for our 2012 events! Be here to make a difference in your community. Volunteering with SCC gives you the opportunity to improve a life and make a difference. To sign up to volunteer, register at http://charlotte.speedwaycharities.org/volunteer/.
Also check out our Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/7jxso4z.
The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities wants to thank all of the volunteers and donors for their wonderful support the past few weeks during the All Star and Coca-Cola 600 Race events. Without the hard work of volunteers and the gracious giving of donors, SCC would not be able to provide the much needed help to area children and their families.
Even though the races are complete there is still work to be done. The few weeks after the Coca-Cola 600 mark the beginning of the summer and the start of preparing and organizing events for fall and winter. The summer allows us to analyze our previous events in order to maximize our efforts in the future to better help children in need.
There are countless children in need in our region and in order to better target and focus the efforts of our donors and volunteers we need applicants for our SCC Grant Program. This time of year is the best time for potential grant recipients to apply. The deadline to apply for our 2011 Grant Program is July 15th!
This summer I have been given the wonderful opportunity to broaden my work experience and supplement my coursework under the gracious individuals here at Speedway Children's Charities. But, most importantly, I have been given the chance to help others in need. The efforts of SCC and its volunteers not only help children, but indirectly help those in and around it.
Intern, Charlotte Chapter
Speedway Children's Charities
The 31st annual AutoTrader.com Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Bank of America on Wednesday, May 25, will honor O. Bruton Smith, founder of Speedway Children’s Charities and chairman of the board for Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Smith founded Speedway Children’s Charities in 1982 as a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who passed away at a young age. Through his experience, O. Bruton Smith developed a passion for helping children in need. He established the first chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has since expanded the non-profit organization nationwide to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks in Atlanta, Bristol, New Hampshire, Texas, Las Vegas and Sonoma.
In recognition of his charitable efforts, Smith received the prestigious NASCAR Award of Excellence in 1997. Since its inception, Speedway Children’s Charities has been able to give nearly $10 million to Charlotte, N.C.,-area non-profits and more than $40 million nationwide because of Smith’s leadership and dedication to the organization.
The 31st Annual AutoTrader.com Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Bank of America, will be held for the first time this year at The Ritz Carlton in uptown Charlotte and represents one of the biggest fundraising nights for the area. The event has raised millions of dollars to improve the quality of life for children in the region since its inception.
Mike Joy, the principal race announcer for NASCAR on FOX, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the program. Carl Edwards, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and Speedway Children’s Charities national spokesperson, and Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, will be among the speakers at the Gala.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the grant program of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and will be awarded to local non-profit organizations that help children with medical, social, financial and educational needs.
AutoTrader.com is returning as the title sponsor of this year’s Gala, marking its fourth year of sponsorship. Since its initial contribution, AutoTrader.com has donated more than $2 million to Speedway Children’s Charities.
Gala festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. The reception will include a silent auction, a photo booth by ShutterBooth and live music.
Following the formal portion of the program there will be a live auction with auctioneer Ernest Perry, owner of Perry’s At SouthPark, a jewelry store in Charlotte.
Items up for bid in the live auction include a MontBlanc watch, a trip to the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles and a trip to Las Vegas for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards ceremony. The silent auction will feature more than 50 items, including jewelry, dinner parties, race packages and autographed memorabilia.
For more information visit the 31st Annual AutoTrader.com Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Bank of America event page or contact Emily Hudgens at (704) 455-4426.
The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is excited to welcome Emily Hudgens to the team as the new Director for the Charlotte Chapter.
Emily comes to Speedway Children’s Charities from the Ghazi Company, where she served as the Creative Director since 2009.She is a well experienced creative event specialist with a passion for giving back. In her free time she can be found volunteering at the children’s hospital and serving the community through other non-profit organizations. Her enthusiasm, energy, and creative ambition will help lead the Charlotte Chapter to a successful year. Expect to see your favorite Charlotte Chapter events this year on a new exciting scale as well as new events that are sure to inspire and raise thousands of dollars for children in need. We are excited to have Emily onboard and look forward to a great year under her leadership.
“Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.” – Bernard Meltzer
In an e-mail sent to me last night I received the above quote, with this year coming to an end SCC-Charlotte wanted to make sure those that have given monetary donations, time, and support in our events are not forgotten.
So thank you all for making this year a success for SCC-Charlotte to fulfill our mission in helping children with social, educational, medical and financial needs.
Here are some of the great highlights of 2010 that you have helped to make a success:
- Raised more than $300,000 during the May Races with events like Taylors Finish Line Festival, AutoTrader.com 30th Annual Speedway Children’s Charities Gala, and Ride of a Lifetime
- Custom Cobra replica built by Tommy Pike Customs at Food Lion AutoFair in only five days, raffled off with proceeds benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities
- Partnering with B.R.A.K.E.S and Cookies for Kids Cancer to help raise money and awareness on the importance of safe driving and pediatric cancer research
- Speedway Children’s Charities grant recipients received over $725,000 during the Grant distribution in November and were able to help kick off and attend the first annual Carolina Christmas
Thank you again for all who help to make a difference in the children’s lives who are helped by your generosity through Speedway Children’s Charities! Have a safe and happy holiday we look forward to your support next year!
Speedway Children’s Charities has had an extremely exciting start to the Holidays. On November 22, 2010, Speedway Children’s Charities welcomed over 90 non-profits to Charlotte Motor Speedway for our Annual Grant Distribution.
These organizations have served children in need in the area for years. Each organization reaches a different set of children in need. Some serve homeless children, some reach out to handicap children; others help with emotional concerns, while others provide a safe place for children to grow and play after school. Collaboratively these organizations help Speedway Children’s Charities reach a broad range of children in need. On November 22, 2010 grant recipients received over $725,000 during the Grant Distribution. In addition to receiving their checks, recipients were invited to help kick off Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new LED light show, Carolina Christmas. The smiles that were created that night were priceless.
Our magical evening would not have been possible without the generous support from people like you. No matter how you show your support whether it is through volunteering, monetary donations, or attending our events we thank you.
From all of us here at Speedway Children’s Charities we wish you and your family a Happy Holiday.
Speedway Children’s Charities
We are gearing up for a busy race week here at Charlotte Motor Speedway with some really fun events you can partake in all while supporting Speedway Children’s Charities.
It’s not too late for you to pre-register for the Track walk online. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to see the speedway from a different angle by actually walking a lap around on the track this Saturday, October 16th. Not only will you get to set foot where all the action happens, you will meets some really wonderful people while supporting our mission here at Speedway Children’s Charities.
Also this race weekend, be sure to stop by the Speedway Children’s Charities Custom Cobra Raffle. Here you can see the beautiful car built by Tommy Pike Customs at the Food Lion Auto Fair, purchase raffle tickets to win and help out kids in our community. If motorcycles are more your style, stop by the Speedway Children’s Charities Rig to see the custom Harley Davidson and purchase raffle tickets to win this awesome ride.
While enjoying all of the track festivities, be sure to look out for some delicious cookies from Cookies for Kids Cancer bake sale. For a donation you will get to nibble on these delectable cookies and all the proceeds will go to help fund Pediatric Cancer Research.
Hope to see you all for a fun and exciting race weekend! See you at the track!
Fall is just around the corner and Speedway Children’s Charities has been gearing up for this fun and eventful season with some really great events.
Late last month at The Food Lion Auto Fair, Speedway Children’s Charities and Tommy Pike Customs held a live car build.
There you could see Tommy Pike and his crew building a Cobra Replica from the ground up in just five days! Speedway Children’s Charities is raffling off this beautiful car for just $25 a ticket or 5 tickets for $100 and all proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. For more information on how to enter and pictures of the awesome custom car are located on our website.
That’s not the only great event that has happened lately. Just last week B.R.A.K.E.S and Speedway Children’s Charities held the 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner at Charlotte Motor Speedway in The Speedway Club. The dinner was a huge success and such a great way to kick of the NHRA Weekend! During the weekend at zMax Dragway, the Tommy Pike Customs Cobra Replica was out for display for our fans to view. While admiring the car, race fans where also able to purchase tickets for the raffle. Some of our very wonderful volunteers came out to help fundraise and everyone had a great time. A big thank you to our volunteers for always being so fantastic, we could not do what we do without you!
This is just the beginning of a fun packed fall. Be sure to check out our upcoming events. They’re going to be a blast and we would love to see you there.
Speedway Children’s Charities Intern
NHRA drag racer Doug Herbert here. In September the NHRA makes a stop in the Queen city for the O’Reilly NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the “Bellagio of Dragstrips” as my buddy Bruton is fond of saying.
When Bruton built the track and we had the Inaugural race here in 2008 I had recently started a charity in memory of my two sons, Jon and James, who were killed in a car accident earlier that year. We decided to partner with the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities to hold a special fundraiser, The B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Dinner.
This year will be the third annual and I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve got NHRA announcer Bob Frey coming as MC for the night and he’ll also be showing off his auctioneer skills during the IRWIN Tools Live Auction. A special guest from Barnardsville, N.C., Steve Hamilton, who lost his daughter in a car crash several years ago, will be speaking and comedian Killer Beaz, of John Boy and Billy Big Show fame, will close out the evening as our entertainment.
The Benefit Dinner is a very exciting night for me because we do it the Thursday of the drag race so all of my friends and fellow racers from the NHRA are in town and they come out to show their support for the foundation. All of the money raised by B.R.A.K.E.S. at the dinner goes toward our Teen Pro-Active Driving School, which provides free, hands-on driver training for teenagers. Since we started B.R.A.K.E.S. in 2008 we have provided training to over 1,600 teenagers from 13 different states!
The dinner is always a huge success because of all of the support we get from not just my friends in the NHRA but SCC supporters too. We’re glad to partner with SCC for this event; it is a great way for us to work together to raise money for two very important causes and to kick-off the NHRA weekend! We still have sponsorships and seats open for the dinner – although they are going fast! If you’d like more information, HYPERLINK "http://putonthebrakes.org/main-news/154-3rd-annual-benefit-dinner.html" click here, and we’ll see you at the races!