Saturday, December 5, 2009

Speedway Children's Charities donate $854K at Lowe's Motor Speedway tree lighting

The 50-foot Christmas tree outside Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.,
was lit earlier this week. (Photo taken by Brian Hedden / Carolina Lifestyles)

Christmas came early for several Charlotte, N.C.-based organizations when Speedway Children’s Charities awarded more than $854,000 in grants at Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, held earlier this week.

Marcus Smith, Lowe's Motor Speedway president and general manager, and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom Sadler, Speedway Children's Charities executive director, presented the grants to 93 nonprofit agencies that directly impact children in the Charlotte region.

Speedway Children's Charities raised the funds through a variety of fundraising activities, as well as donations from individuals and corporations throughout the year. This year’s total exceeded last year’s contribution by more than $100,000.

In addition to the grant distribution, Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s 50-foot Christmas tree was lit outside the track’s main entrance. The event also featured appearances by Santa Claus and Lug Nut, the speedway’s mascot.

For a list of the Charlotte-area organizations that benefitted from Speedway Children’s Charities’ donation, visit Carolina Lifestyles, who is graciously allowing Skirts and Scuffs to use their photo from the tree lighting.

For more information, visit:
Speedway Children’s Charities:
Lowe’s Motor Speedway: