DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 11, 2012) – Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Cabarrus (N.C.) Victims Assistance Network (CVAN) were the final two charities selected for the 2012 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, which Johnson will wear in the June 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Each organization will receive a grant of $10,000 and a special Blue Bunny ice cream party.

Motor Racing Network’s Woody Cain nominated CVAN, which provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children in Cabarrus County, N.C.

“CVAN was created as the place and the voice for battered women and their children,” Cain wrote in his nomination. “It is a difficult decision to leave home and live in a shelter. There is a lot of work to do both emotionally and practically. CVAN’s counseling, children’s programs and transitional house are all components to help meet those goals.”

Fan Tamela Berry nominated the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 

“My daughter has been battling stage four Neuroblastoma since 2008 at the age of four, and we are still fighting,” wrote Berry. “Vanderbilt Children’s has been there along the way.”

CVAN, headquartered in Concord, N.C., and the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, based in Nashville, Tenn., join the United Way of Siouxland, Nature Conservancy, the Chill Foundation, Fisher House, Scott Lake Elementary-PTO, Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Dan Wheldon, First Descents, Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Jessie Rees Foundation and Graham Rahal Foundation as charities that will be featured on the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.

The Helmet of Hope program, which began in 2008, allows fans, consumers and media members across the country to nominate their favorite charity to receive a $10,000 grant, special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet and a Blue Bunny ice cream party. To date, the program has contributed more than $300,000 to 49 different charities across the United States.

This year’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign runs for six consecutive Sprint Cup race weekends. It began April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and ends at this weekend’s race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Each week, Johnson draws one winner from a list of media submissions and one from a list of fan submissions.

For more information about CVAN and Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, visit www.cvan.org and www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/VUMCchildren.

About the Helmet of Hope
In its fifth year, the Helmet of Hope program gives fans and media members across the country the opportunity to nominate their favorite charity to be featured on five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson’s helmet for the June 24 Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. This year’s title sponsor for Helmet of Hope is Blue Bunny Ice Cream. In addition to being featured on the helmet, each charity selected also receives a grant of $10,000 and a Blue Bunny ice cream party. To date, the program has contributed more than $300,000 to 49 different charities. 

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $5 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org

About Blue Bunny
Blue Bunny, founded in 1913, is a brand of Wells Enterprises, Inc. — the largest family-owned ice cream manufacturer in the United States. Today, more than 500 Blue Bunny-branded ice cream and frozen novelty products can be found across the U.S. Always committed to quality, Blue Bunny products are made with only real ice cream. Wells is headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa, the Ice Cream Capital of the World. Become a Blue Bunny fan on Facebook (facebook.com/BlueBunnyIceCream) for ice cream news and updates.

Mary Barr, Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Kristine Curley, True Speed Communication
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Liz Croston, Blue Bunny