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Public Vote To Determine 2018 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Grant Recipients

FONTANA, California (March 18, 2018) – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson announced, on behalf of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Blue Bunny Ice Cream, the launch of the 2018 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign this morning at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

One of the 2016 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grant recipient charities, Inside the Outdoors Foundation (Costa Mesa, California), joined Johnson to announce that not-for-profit 501c3 organizations that directly support K-12 public education will be eligible to receive one of five $25,000 grants. The grants, totaling $125,000, will be awarded in May.

“Jimmie and his wife Chandra have shown incredible generosity and dedication to the Helmet of Hope program,” said Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. “Today’s young people are the leaders of tomorrow, and Blue Bunny is honored and proud to continue supporting an organization that positively impacts the lives of so many.”

The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program, which began in 2008, allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate their favorite education-focused charities, including parent-teacher associations, to receive a $25,000 grant, a Blue Bunny ice cream party, and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet. Nominations will be accepted at www.helmetofhope.org through Friday, April 20. Ten semifinalists will be selected from these nominations. The public vote to choose the final five grant recipients will take place May 8 to 15.

“Chandra and I are thrilled to be partnering with Blue Bunny again this year, and are so grateful for their ongoing support of the Foundation,” Johnson said. “This is such a fun program and we can’t wait to help five new charities enhance the amazing work they do to support K-12 public education across the country.”

To date, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $1 million to 101 different charities.

Johnson will take to the track today at Auto Club Speedway in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. He will wear the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on July 14.

For additional information and to nominate a charity, visit www.helmetofhope.org.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 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 $11 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About Blue Bunny Ice Cream
For more than 80 years, Blue Bunny has been bringing delicious ice cream made with fun, fresh ingredients to families—adding a little playfulness to any occasion. Blue Bunny offers a wide array of ice cream and frozen novelty products, available at retailer grocery and convenience stores nationwide. For more information, visit BlueBunny.com.

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