CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson has added two more charities to his race helmet for Auto Club Speedway in August as part of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope initiative. The most recent winners are Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and The Nationwide Foundation.
These are the 7th and 8th charities to be selected for the Helmet of Hope Initiative. In conjunction with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s second-annual Golf Tournament in San Diego, Calif., race fans and media members nationwide have the opportunity to participate in the Helmet of Hope initiative, allowing them the chance to nominate charities which they feel should be featured on the helmet.
Merryn Buck, of Somers Point, N.J., nominated Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for her 5-year-old granddaughter Fiona. She and her 3-year-old brother Ethan hold Alex’s Lemonade Stands in honor of their cousin Shannon, who lost her battle with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 6. Buck writes that Fiona says, “she wants to help kids with brain cancer like Shannon.” Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a unique foundation that has evolved from a young cancer patient’s front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fundraising movement for childhood cancer. It is committed to raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer causes, primarily research into new cures and treatments, and encouraging and educating others, especially children, to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer. For more information on this charity, visitwww.alexslemonade.org.
Nationwide’s John Aman selected The Nationwide Foundation, a foundation funded by Nationwide Companies to help positively impact the quality of life in communities where associates, agents and their families live and work. Aman also noted that the foundation helps associates, agents and retirees maximize the impact of their personal gift by matching contributions to the organization’s annual giving campaign to benefit United Way and accredited higher education institutions dollar for dollar.
Johnson will draw two charities each race weekend through the Michigan event in August, collecting a total of 12 winning organizations. Winning charities to date include: Monarch (Albemarle, N.C.), Breakthrough Manchester (Manchester, N.H.), STEP, Inc. (Rocky Mount, Va.), The American Diabetes Society (Alexandria, Va.), The Children’s Fund for Glycogen Storage Disease (Cheshire, Conn.), and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Charlotte, N.C.).
Fans can nominate their charity by clicking here and explaining why their organization should be chosen. For more information, please contact Mary Barr, Jimmie Johnson Foundation,firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.453.2897.