Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities Hosts 5th Annual Night of Giving, Awards $94,000 in Grant Funding to Local Non-Profits

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On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) hosted its 5th Annual Night of Giving, which is a celebration of the chapter’s annual opportunity to provide grant funding to local non-profit children’s organizations in the community.

During the event, each organization was individually recognized and 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 prior to the presentation and check distribution.

“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 is honored to award $94,000 in funding this fiscal year to the following 32 local non-profit children’s organizations:

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

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.

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, please visit their website at The organization can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching “SCCKentucky.”

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