Awarding a total of $742,000 to benefit regional children's organizations, the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed record-setting funds to 87 agencies during its annual Night of Smiles event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, credits the community's support of SCC and its events as the primary reason the organization continues to accomplish such remarkable feats.

"I can't say enough about the truly amazing support we receive from the people of this region," said Byrd. "The ability to raise and distribute $742,000 among these agencies is a testament to their compassionate and generous nature."

Speedway Children's Charities also awarded the Jeff Byrd Grant, a $50,000 endowment established in honor of the former BMS general manager who passed away in 2010, to the Bristol Family YMCA.

Committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibilities, the YMCA's mission is to strengthen communities by empowering people to learn, thrive and grow. The Bristol Family YMCA plans to use funds from the grant to replace the current kid's gym with the Jeff Byrd Play Park, an updated facility that provides children with a safe place to engage in active play.

"Our family is honored that the YMCA has chosen to remember Jeff in this way," said Byrd. "Jeff would have never wanted the focus to be on him, but I know he would be thrilled to support any endeavor that positively impacted the lives of thousands of kids by encouraging them to be healthy and active."

Other agencies receiving grants include Assistance and Resource Ministries, Bread of Life Children's Ministry, Carter County Foster Care Association, Feeding America: Southwest Virginia, Good Samaritan Ministries, Imagination Library of Washington County and Bristol, Va., Literacy Council of Kingsport, Mountain Kids Inc., Teen Center Coalition, Wonder Kids Therapeutic Equestrian Center and Young Life of Bristol.

Speedway Children's Charities produces a number of fundraisers throughout the year including Ford Speedway In Lights powered by TVA, which opens for its 17th season Friday, Nov. 15. Other events held throughout the year benefitting SCC such as golf tournaments held prior to the NHRA event in June and during the August NASCAR race week, the SUBWAY® Speedway In Lights 5K Run/Walk, the Ultimate Bristol Experience Online Auction, Cars at the Colosseum and the Sharky 500.

For more information about Speedway Children's Charities, click here or call (855) 580-5525.