Monday, May 23, 2005

Las Vegas Speedway Hosts Tournament

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will hold its second annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Cannery Hotel & Casino. The charity event will kick off the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Tournament players will have the opportunity to play against NHRA drivers, including Brandon Bernstein, driver of the Budweiser King NHRA Top Fuel Dragster. Entry fee (buy-in) is $250 and players will receive $1,000 in chips. Players also will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening.

The grand prize for this year’s tournament is a trip for two to Honolulu, Hawaii, including five-day, four-night accommodations and roundtrip airfare.

For entries and information, please contact Janae Melvin at (702) 632-8242 or Speedway Children's Charities ( is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need.

Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters located at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities, including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Each chapter's objective is to assist as many children as possible.

Last December, The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities granted $275,000 to 51 local children’s causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.

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