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Best Year Yet for Local Nonprofits Benefiting From a Successful Gift of Lights

LOUDON, N.H. – The generosity of all those who attended the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway proved the holiday season truly is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with record donations for local nonprofits. Loudon Food Pantry can provide more than 18,000 meals as a result of food and monetary donations received during Gift of Lights, over $4,000 was raised by the Loudon Firefighters Association and more than $34,000 is going to Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter as a result of the Yule Light Up The Night run/walk and proceeds collected from Gift of Lights admissions.

Gift of Lights visitors received a discount on their admission when they brought at least three non-perishable food items to donate to the Loudon Food Pantry, and some chose to donate cash. These donations contributed to a total of 7,934 pounds of food and $2,940, which, when combined, will provide 18,370 meals. This is the biggest year yet in eight seasons and an increase of 6,670 meals over last year.

“We are overcome with gratitude after receiving the tremendous amount of food and monetary donations from this year’s Gift of Lights,” said Sue Houck, president of the Loudon Food Pantry. “The winter time is always a tougher time for those served by our food pantry, but the extreme generosity of our local community during the holiday season truly helps to make a real difference.”

Since the Gift of Lights first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed NHMS to donate more than 93,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry, which has provided more than 88,000 meals to locals during the holiday and winter months.

The Loudon Firefighters Association hosted a s’mores pit on Friday and Saturday nights during Gift of Lights for a monetary donation. This resulted in $4,033 for the Loudon Firefighters Association, which they’ll add to their Off Road Utility Vehicle fund. They are trying to raise $50,000 to purchase a UTV for wildland firefighting efforts, off road rescues and searches for missing individuals. The funds will purchase a purpose-built machine with a small water tank and pump as well as the capacity to transport a patient out of the wilderness. The unit is equipped with tracks, and a portion of the funds will be used to purchase an enclosed trailer to transport the unit and act as a command post during incidents.

This year’s $4,033 donation is an increase of $1,633 from 2017’s collection of $2,400. The Loudon Firefighters Association has hosted the s’mores pit during Gift of Lights for two years now, collecting a total of $6,433.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, which raises money for children in need throughout New England, received a portion of each car’s admission and a portion of the proceeds from the Yule Light Up The Night run/walk put on by Millennium Running. The grand total for this year was $34,721, making it the biggest Gift of Lights fundraiser for SCCNH.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributed $75,190 in grants last year, and since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCCNH have distributed more than $1.7 million ($220,476 of this total coming from Gift of Lights donations since 2011) supporting more than 749,000 children in the local community.

The Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil, which has seen just shy of 100,000 cars since it started in 2011, is a 2.5-mile drive-thru light show, which transforms New Hampshire Motor Speedway into a winter wonderland with over 60 scenes, 400 displays and two million LED lights. Attendance for the event, which ran from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018, was up an estimated 3.28% from 2017 and ranked as the second most highly-attended Gift of Lights seasons since it began eight years ago.

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the June 8-16 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Has New Start Time

LOUDON, N.H. – The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a new start time of 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will be broadcast live on NBCSN and all local PRN radio affiliates. This announcement was made today in collaboration with NBC Sports Network and NASCAR.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 – Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Television: NBCSN
  • Radio: PRN

New Hampshire Motor Speedway recently launched its Ticket Tuesday Giveaways promotion, running now through Dec. 17, where one winner will be selected each Tuesday for once-in-a-lifetime experiences and cool access that will make the NASCAR weekend even more memorable. For more information on the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 or other events, visit the speedway’s website at or by calling Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Speedway Children’s Charities Distributes $75,190 to New England Children in Need

LOUDON, N.H. – The room was filled with holiday spirit on Thursday as New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig joined Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter at its 10th annual grant distribution ceremony at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. Grants were handed out to 55 local nonprofits totaling $75,190 in front of the festive backdrop from “A Christmas Carol.”“I couldn’t be prouder of this team today,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We all get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle, but it’s days like this that really show us what’s important and make you feel good.” Since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCC have distributed more than $1.7 million, supporting more than 749,000 children in the local community. “I am just overwhelmed with joy,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “To see everyone from all of the organizations come together after another year of hard work and dedication from our board and volunteers is so heartwarming, knowing how many kids are being helped. It certainly makes it all worth it and the setting just really helped to put everyone in the holiday mood.” Funds raised through the New Hampshire Chapter includes events such as a comedy show, the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301, a motorcycle ride, Laps for Charity, Ricky Craven’s “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament, Champions Breakfast, the Wicked Good Live Auction, helicopter rides, Track Walk Presented by PPG, the Red Bucket Brigade by PPG, the Charity Clay Shoot, Full Throttle Fall Weekend, 24 Hours of Lemons, Yule Light Up The Night Run/Walk and Gift of Lights. Both Craig and Sununu expressed how important it is to support the organizations, not only in Manchester and throughout New Hampshire, but across New England that work every day to improve the lives of children. “During the season of giving, we’re coming together with many thanks to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Craig. “The nonprofits here today are among many wonderful organizations in Manchester and throughout our state that truly make a difference in the lives of children in need. I am so proud to be here to recognize the outstanding work they do.” “This event really defines not just what the season is all about, but what New Hampshire is all about,” said Sununu. “To be able to spend a little one-on-one time as opposed to just mailing a check really makes it special at this time of year. It was great to be here and great to be part of something that really brings out the best of everyone at this time of year.” The New Hampshire Chapter is one of eight chapters around the country, and combined, Speedway Children’s Charities raised more than $3 million nationally this year, bringing the total distributed to $55,300,000 since it was founded in 1982. The money raised comes in large part thanks to the fundraising efforts of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.’s eight facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. Fundraising continues during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil, where a portion of all proceeds benefits SCC. Yule Light Up The Night, a 2.1-mile run with Millennium Running, will give visitors a unique view of the lights on Dec. 9 and will also benefit SCCNH (Gift of Lights will have a delayed opening for the run). The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show is open 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., and admission is $20.00 per car through Dec. 14 and $25.00 per car Dec. 15 – Dec. 31. Be sure to check the schedule for days of operation when planning your trip. About Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC)The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children with educational, financial, social and medical needs to help them lead productive lives. Founded by Bruton Smith in 1982, Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit 501c (3) organization providing funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations that meet the direct needs of children. The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities was officially established in 2009. Since then, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has raised more than $1.7 million. The goal is to ensure that every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthier future. For more information, visit For more information about other upcoming events for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, call Hillarie Scott at (603) 513-5738 or For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the Gift of Lights, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931. 

–NHMS– The 55 Nonprofits That Received Grants Today Include:New HampshireBelknap HouseBest Buddies New HampshireBoys & Girls Club of Central New HampshireBoys & Girls Club of Greater NashuaCapital Region Food ProgramChildren’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) – Injury Prevention CenterConcord Family YMCAConcord Hospital TrustCornucopia ProjectCrisis Center of Central New HampshireDavid’s HouseEasterseals New HampshireFuture In SightGateways Community ServicesGirls at WorkGranite State Children’s Alliance – Belknap CountyGranite State Children’s Alliance – Hillsborough CountyGranite YMCAManchester Community Music SchoolManchester Police Athletic LeagueThe Mayhew ProgramMonadnock Region Child Advocacy CenterNew Hampshire Catholic Charities dba New Hampshire Food BankOn Belay Inc.Ossipee Children’s FundThe Palace TheatreQueen City Bicycle CollectiveSHARE Fund, Inc.Spaulding Youth CenterThe Special Needs Support CenterWaypoint (formerly Child & Family Services of New Hampshire)The Webster HouseYMCA of Greater NashuaConnecticutAlmada Lodge – Times Farm Camp DBA The Channel 3 Kids CampMaineCamp SunshineThe Cromwell Center for Disabilities AwarenessMassachusettsBoys & Girls Club of Greater BillericaBoys & Girls Club of Greater LowellBoys & Girls Club of LawrenceBoys & Girls Club of MetrowestCircle ProgramDana-Farber Cancer InstituteDream Day on Cape Cod Inc.Dreams for EmilyFamily Services of the Merrimack ValleyThe Kennek Foundation (Trouble the Dog)Lazarus House, Inc.Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.The Sports Museum of New EnglandThrive Support & AdvocacyRhode IslandBeat The Streets ProvidenceVermontBoys & Girls Club of BrattleboroEasterseals VermontRace to Read