Once again, Speedway Children's Charities - Virginia Chapter (SCC-VA) receives high marks from the staffs at the National Institute of Health, Children's Inn, Bethesda Maryland and the Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC for its unwavering support to kids. SCC-VA made several visits during the 2006 holiday season. During these visits, Chapter Trustees accompanied by the racing dog mascots, "Raffle" and "50/50," greeted and entertained hundreds of hospitalized children. The mascots made bedside visits to 300 plus kids, giving each child a replica beanie dog and a big hug. The Community Relations Officers at both hospitals asked "Raffle" and "50/50" to make return visits, as their mere presence had not only brightened up the day for the kids, but also brought joy to parents and hospital staffs.

The Children's Inn at NIH is a private, non-profit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients from around the world at the National Institutes of Health and their families. Its purposes are to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce their stress, and facilitate their healing through mutual support. In addition to the visit, the Children's Inn was a 2006 grant recipient.

The Children's National Medical Center provides hope to sick children and their families throughout the Maryland, Virginia and DC region. The CNMC is a nationally recognized leader in pediatric medicine with research facilities, satellite offices around the Washington DC beltway and primary care centers. The physicians and nurses are among the best in the nation -- providing everything from routine well-baby exams to pediatric specialists in all medical disciplines.

Speedway Children's Charities was founded in 1984 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Sonic Automotive, who wanted to give back to the community. Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to qualified charities and organizations that are meeting the medical, education and social needs of children.