Greenville, S.C., native Emily Hudgens has been named director of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

As director of the Charlotte Chapter, Hudgens will lead fundraising and marketing efforts in order to raise awareness of the organization and increase the amount of funds benefiting Charlotte-area children in financial, educational, social and medical need.

"We are thrilled to welcome Emily into the Speedway Children's Charities family,” said Tish Sheets, national managing director of Speedway Children’s Charities. “We look forward to working with her to take the Charlotte Chapter to new levels of success in helping the children of the Charlotte region."

Hudgens, who is a graduate of Winthrop University, has lived in Charlotte, N.C., for more than five years and previously worked as creative director at The Ghazi Company, overseeing all marketing, advertising, events and public relations for multiple Charlotte-area venues including the Epicentre in Uptown.

“I am truly overjoyed to be working with Speedway Children’s Charities, whose work over the years has helped to change the lives of children in the community,” said Hudgens. “I am honored to take on the challenge of growing this organization and meeting new goals. I look forward to an exciting and prosperous year with new events and community involvement!”

Helping the Charlotte community has been a big part of Hudgens’ life. She is a volunteer with the Levine Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Junior League of Charlotte which is a group of women who strive to improve the community.

Headquartered at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities hosts a wide range of events and promotions in the Charlotte community and is supported by teams of volunteers. Last year 92 non-profits in the Charlotte area benefited from the more than $725,000 raised by the organization.

About Speedway Children's Charities:
Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing. For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.