Officials from the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) announced Thursday evening that it distributed a grand total of $676,436.88 in 2022 to support many of the rural-area child-focused agencies throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

In the mobile event, all cars toured the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights and then made a stop in the BMS infield to receive their grants from SCC-Bristol executive director Claudia Byrd.

“We’re so thankful to everyone who donated and volunteered this year so that we are able to provide this much-needed support to the wonderful children in our region,” Byrd said. “There's no greater blessing than to be here at the Night of Smiles presented by Food City and help give away all of this money raised to assist area agencies throughout our community with their missions.”

LXI, a Johnson City-based agency who works with youth to create holistic change and healing in their relationships with friends, family and God, received the prestigious Jeff Byrd Grant. Presented in honor of the late president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, the $50,000 award will go to the organization's efforts to create an activities space on their campus adjacent to the basketball court that would also be available to the extended local community. The space would include an expanded area for other games and activities and for families to hang out in a safe environment.

Night of Smiles presented by Food City is the culmination of a year of SCC fundraising events, including The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, which opens for its 26th season on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Long hailed as the premier holiday display in the Appalachian Highlands Region, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights powered by TVA spreads across a five-mile route illuminated by more than three million lights among 250 displays. A trip through the light show sends guests down alongside historic Bristol Dragway and all throughout the property, culminating with a lap around the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile oval.

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights runs through Saturday, Jan. 7. In addition to the $50 Fast Pass presented by Citi option which is available on select nights when lines get the longest, the event costs $20 for cars from Sunday through Thursday and $25 on Friday and Saturday nights. For larger groups, vans are $50 and buses are $125.  

Organizations that received funding from Bristol Motor Speedway's Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities during the Night of Smiles event are as follows:

Abuse Alternatives

Appalachia Service Project

Assistance and Resource Ministries

Boys & Girls Club of Central Appalachia

Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/ Carter County

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport

Boys & Girls Club Greeneville & Greene County

Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/ Washington County

Boys & Girls Club of Morristown

Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Empire

Bread of Life Children's Ministry

Bristol Faith in Action

Bristol Regional Speech & Hearing Center

Cap the Gap for Foster Care

CARE Center

Carter County Foster Care Association

CASA for Kids

Children's Advocacy Center of the first Judicial District

Children's Advocacy Center of Highlands Community Services

Children's Advocacy Center of Sullivan County

Child Advocacy Center of the 3rd Judicial District

Coalition for Kids

Communities in Schools of Appalachian Highlands

Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee

Crossroads Medical Mission

East Tennessee Christian Home and Academy

Family Crisis Support Services

Family Promise of Greater Kingsport

Feeding Southwest Virginia

Girls Incorporated of Bristol

Girls Incorporated of Johnson City/Washington Co.

Girls Incorporated of Kingsport

Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee

Good Samaritan Ministries

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA

Healing Hands Health Center

Holston United Methodist Home for Children

Hope House of Scott County

Isaiah 117 House

Jeremiah School

Jericho Shrine Center

Johnson County Safe Haven

Kingswood Home for Children

LXI (also Jeff Byrd Grant winner)

McClure River Valley Development

Morrison School

Morristown Hamblen Central Services

Mountain Kids Inc

Mountain Mission School

Mountain Region Speech and Hearing

Niswonger Children's Foundation

Of One Accord

Ridin' High Therapeutic Horse Program

Rise Up

Saint Anthony's Bread Food Pantry

Santa Pal

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Shepherd's Inn

Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center

SMILE Simple Methods of Loving Everyone

Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities

Sullivan County Sheriff's Auxiliary

SYNERGY Foundation

Taking Action for Special Kids

TLC Community Center

Unicoi Family YMCA

Waiting to Hear

YMCA of Bristol

Young Life Bristol

Young Life Kingsport

YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

For more information about the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights powered by TVA, please visit the BMS website.