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Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities awards $94,000 in grant funding to local non-profits

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities celebrated its $94,000 in grant funding to non-profit children’s organizations at its 5th Annual Night of Giving.

During the event, each organization received its grant check from SCC Kentucky Chapter Director Dayna Winslette and Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger.

Guests enjoyed refreshments and entertainment by Owenton native Ashley Renae Smith.

“No question, the Night of Giving is our chapter’s favorite event every single year. This has become a night to celebrate the local non-profit children’s organizations that have been identified as grant recipients and to praise them for the work they do every day with the children in our service area,” said Winslette. “We raised the most funds ever in our short history this year, and we are extremely grateful to be able to distribute this money to these organizations and help them continue their work of improving the quality of life for children in our local community.”

Since its inception in 2011, the Kentucky Chapter of SCC has distributed more than $725,000 in funding and assistance in its service area, which includes the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana.

With help from corporate partners, volunteers, board members, local community groups and race fans throughout the region, the Kentucky Chapter awarded $94,000 in funding this fiscal year to the following 32 local non-profit children’s organizations:

• Awake Ministries (Shelbyville)
• CancerFree KIDS Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance (Loveland, OH)
• The Caring Place (Lebanon)
• The Center for Courageous Kids (Scottsville)
• Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services (Jeffersonville, IN)
• Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville)
• Decatur County 4 Kids Prevent Child Abuse Council, Inc. (Westport, IN)
• Down Syndrome of Louisville (Louisville)
• The Dragonfly Foundation (Cincinnati, OH)
• Educational Excellence Foundation of Gallatin County (Warsaw, KY)
• Gallatin County Food Pantry (Warsaw)
• God’s Pantry Food Bank (Lexington)
• Harlan County Boys & Girls Club (Harlan)
• Home of the Innocents (Louisville)
• HOPE for Gallatin County (Warsaw)
• Kentucky Intensive Family Services (Fort Thomas)
• Kerrington’s Heart (Lexington)
• Kids Cancer Alliance (Louisville)
• Lincoln Heights Outreach (Cincinnati, OH)
• Mack Family Foundation (Florence)
• Master Provisions (Florence)
• Meeting the Needs Ministry (Owenton)
• Mentoring Plus (Newport)
• My Blanket Buddies (Georgetown)
• Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center (Fort Mitchell)
• Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Northern Kentucky (Covington)
• Special Olympics Kentucky (Frankfort)
• SpringHaven, Inc. (Elizabethtown)
• St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home (Cincinnati, OH)
• The Toy Chest Foundation (Lexington)
• UpSpring (Cincinnati, OH)
• Wendell Foster (Owensboro)

The Kentucky Chapter is one of eight chapters in the Speedway Children’s Charities family, which distributed $3 million as a whole in 2018. This brings the total allocation amount to more than $55 million since the national non-profit was founded in 1982.

The nonprofit Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is dedicated to helping children improve their quality of life.

Through its various events and activities, the chapter strives to raise critical funds and provide grants to non-profit children’s organizations in Kentucky, Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana.

The chapter has partnered with Feed the Children and the Council for State Governments to distribute more than 685,000 pounds of food and supplies to 17,000 families in need. 

Over the past five years, the chapter has raised and awarded over $400,000 in grant funding to nearly 50 organizations serving children in need in its service area.

For additional information about the chapter and its 2019 schedule of events, click here.

To find out how you or your company can become more involved with the Kentucky Chapter of SCC or for additional information about its 2019 fundraising efforts, click here.

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