Speedway Children’s Charities Distributes $55,375 To New England Children In Need

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributed grants to 51 charities to help 59,329 children across New England during the 11th annual Grant Distribution Ceremony at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. on Tuesday (Photo Courtesy NHMS/Alan MacRae)

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributed grants to 51 charities to help 59,329 children across New England.

The holiday spirit filled The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. on Tuesday as Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig joined Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter at its 11th annual grant distribution ceremony. Grants were handed out to 51 local nonprofits totaling $55,375 in front of the festive backdrop from “A Christmas Carol.”

“Today is such a feel-good day,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “True holiday spirit is all about helping those who need a little extra, and I’m so proud to be a part of this team who makes the holidays brighter for so many children in our community.”

Since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCC have distributed more than $1.8 million, supporting more than 808,000 children in the local community.

“This is the best way to wrap up the year of fundraising and kick off the holiday season,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “Seeing the faces of those receiving the grants and hearing what they’re planning on doing with the money to help kids in New England makes it all worth it.”

Funds raised through the New Hampshire Chapter includes events such as the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301, a motorcycle ride, Laps for Charity, the Charity Clay Shoot presented by NRA, Champions Breakfast, the Wicked Good Live Auction, Track Walk presented by PPG, the Red Bucket Brigade by PPG, the One for the Kids Golf Tournament, 24 Hours of Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest, the New England Half Marathon, the Yule Light Up The Night Run/Walk and Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil.

Craig expressed her gratitude for the many organizations that make the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire a great place, and how important the work they do is, especially during this time of year.

“During this time of giving, it’s only fitting that we are here together thanks to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Craig. “All of you here today are among the many organizations that make our city and our state a great place, and I want to thank all of you for your dedication and your service to our children. I’m proud to be here with all of you to recognize the outstanding work that you do.”

The New Hampshire Chapter is one of eight chapters around the country, and combined in 2019, Speedway Children’s Charities distributed over $3 million in grants to more than 415 different charitable organizations across the country, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $58.3 million, ensuring many children in need are given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future. The money raised comes in large part thanks to the fundraising efforts of the eight Speedway Motorsports facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Fundraising continues during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, where a portion of all proceeds benefits SCCNH. Yule Light Up The Night, a 2.1-mile run with Millennium Running, will give visitors a unique view of the lights on Dec. 15 and will also benefit SCCNH (Gift of Lights will have a delayed opening for the run). The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show opens at 4 p.m. daily, and admission is $25 per car. Be sure to check the schedule for days of operation when planning your trip.

About Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC)

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children with educational, financial, social and medical needs to help them lead productive lives. Founded by Bruton Smith in 1982, Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit 501c (3) organization providing funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations that meet the direct needs of children. The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities was officially established in 2009. Since then, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has raised more than $1.8 million. The goal is to ensure that every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthier future.

For more information, visit www.SpeedwayCharities.org. For more information about other upcoming events for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, call Hillarie Scott at (603) 513-5738 or visit SpeedwayCharities.org/NewHampshire/.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

The 51 Nonprofits That Received Grants Today Include:

New Hampshire

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem

Boys & Girls Club of the North Country

Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham

Circle Program

Concord Family YMCA

Concord Hospital Trust

Copper Cannon Camp

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health – Injury Prevention Center

David’s House

Gateways Community Services

Granite State Children’s Alliance – Hillsborough County

Granite YMCA

Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center

Manchester Community Music School

Manchester Police Athletic League

Monadnock Region Child Advocacy Center

New Hampshire Catholic Charities DBA New Hampshire Food Bank

Ossipee Children’s Fund

The Palace Theatre

Queen City Bicycle Collective (Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. DBA NeighborWorks of Southern New Hampshire, Fiscal Agent)

Reach for the Top Therapy Services

Seacoast Community School

Seacoast Family Promise

The Birchtree Center

The Friends Program

The Upper Room

The Webster House

Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center

YMCA of Greater Nashua


Almada Lodge – Times Farm Camp Corp DBA The Channel 3 Kids Camp


Girls on the Run – Maine

Muscular Dystrophy Association


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Boys & Girls Club of Metrowest

Dream Day on Cape Cod Inc.

Dreams for Emily

Malden YMCA

Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.

Merrimack Valley YMCA

Music Access Group, DBA The Dedham School of Music

The Sports Museum of New England, Inc.

Rhode Island

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island

Tides Family Services


Easterseals Vermont

Race to Read, Inc.

Vermont Food Bank

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