Charlotte, NC - (May 1, 2008)- The 28th Annual Autotrader.com Speedway Children's Charities Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte. NASCAR driver, Carl Edwards, will be the special guest at the event presented by Aflac, Dish Network, Ford, Office Depot and Vitamin Water. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the grants program of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

"We are excited to be honoring Carl Edwards in continuing the tradition set by Jack Roush of organizational-wide commitment to support the work and mission of Speedway Children's Charities," said Amanda Hollingsworth, director of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. "Carl is a dedicated racer and an exceptional role model for children in today's society. We look forward to honoring him at our gala on May 21st."

ESPN commentator, Marty Smith, will serve as Master of Ceremonies while program speakers are expected to include Humpy Wheeler, president of Lowe's Motor Speedway and gala event chair, and General Thomas Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities.

Gala festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception sponsored by Stanford Group Company. Throughout the evening, guests may bid on silent auction items sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and purchase keys for $25 each for an opportunity to win prizes including jewelry, designer handbags, VIP tickets, and more in the Key's for the Future sponsored by World Financial Group.

Items featured in the live auction sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoppers, include an autographed Carl Edwards race uniform, a race helmet signed by Ford NASCAR drivers and team owners, Mary Norton designer handbag, jewelry from Diamonds Direct Southpark and other fabulous items. Silent auction items include vacations, dinner parties, and autographed memorabilia.

Autotrader.com is the proud Title Sponsor for this year's gala, contributing $50,000 to the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities - Charlotte Chapter. Proceeds from the annual gala fund grants which are awarded each year to organizations that meet the direct needs of children.

For more information about the fundraiser for Speedway Children's Charities, contact Amanda Hollingsworth, at 704-532-3318 and/or ahollingsworth@smicorporate.com.