The holiday season is a time of giving and the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) did just that on Monday, distributing $335,000 in grants to 55 charities in the Charlotte region during a special presentation at The Speedway Club.

More than 300 children and adults representing the benefiting charities were in attendance for the event. The 2013 grants totaled  $335,000, enough to assist more than 22,000 Charlotte-area children in educational, financial, social and medical need. Since its inception, the Charlotte Chapter has distributed more than $9.3 million.

"This is such a humbling day. It's such a privilege each year at this time to look around the room and see children and representatives of each charity that are impacted in such a positive way by these fundraising efforts," said Marcus Smith, president of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

"I love (SCC Executive Director) General Sadler's saying, 'when you look into the face of a child in need, it's like looking into the face of God.' And that's a special opportunity that we have to help children and families. And we do it with a lot of love and care from volunteers, trustees, sponsors and the staff here at the speedway. I want to thank them all for the time, energy and effort they give to make Speedway Children's Charities what it is and their support throughout the year."

In addition to the grant distribution, Charlotte Checkers hockey players Brendan Woods, Sean Dolan and John Muse passed out nearly 200 teddy bears that were collected at Saturday night's annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Checkers game.

The Teddy Bear Toss was just one of many efforts in 2013 that benefited Speedway Children's Charities. Money was raised through an annual black tie gala hosted in May, donations from fan assistance golf cart rides during events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, online auctions and more. A dedicated group of volunteers who helped raised more than $40,000 from golf cart rides were recognized at the presentation.

"We want to make sure that you know that we appreciate you and all that you do and how much you help us," said Lisa Starnes, director of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, to a group of volunteer golf cart drivers that donated over 4,000 hours of their time. "As you look around the room (of children), you see that the time the volunteers give means so much to so many people, so a special heartfelt thanks from Speedway Children's Charities to them."

The Charlotte Chapter of SCC is one of eight that are located at each of the Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) tracks. In 2013, the eight chapters raised more than $2.3 million nationally to help children in need. Since its inception in 1982, SCC has awarded more than $38.4 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

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