- Lowe’s returns as title sponsor of golf tournament
- Funds from event to benefit San Diego Habitat for Humanity
- Six fans and six media members given opportunity to have charity of choice displayed on Johnson’s California race helmet*
- Johnson’s Lowe’s Chevrolets to feature special paint scheme for Sprint Cup and Nationwide races at Auto Club Speedway
LOUDON, N.H. (June 27, 2008) – Chandra and Jimmie Johnson confirmed the second-annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation golf tournament and dinner auction will take place August 26-27 in San Diego, Calif., with Lowe’s returning as the title sponsor. Funds from this year’s tournament will once again benefit the San Diego chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
“Chani and I can’t thank Lowe’s enough for supporting us again this year,” said Johnson, two-time reigning Sprint Cup champion. “The response we have received since we started this tournament is truly humbling. While we are looking forward to this year’s tournament, I think we are most excited about handing the keys to the family who will be moving into the first house. To me, that will be the culmination of everything we have been working for the past two years.”
The foundation’s inaugural event raised more than $500,000, supporting construction of two houses on a soon-to-be-named street miles from where Johnson grew up. This year’s event will fund two additional houses on the same street.
“San Diego Habitat for Humanity was beyond thrilled with the success of last year’s event and to be the beneficiary again this year is just incredible,” said Elizabeth Neubrand, Director of Development and Community Affairs, San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “We are ever grateful to Jimmie and Chandra for their commitment and generosity to Habitat for Humanity. Because of their efforts, four families from Jimmie’s hometown will have a home they can thrive in for many years to come.”
A new addition to this year’s events is the “Helmet of Hope.” The initiative will offer six race fans and six media members the opportunity to have their charity of choice featured on Johnson’s race helmet.
“We get a number of requests to help so many worthy charities throughout the year, but unfortunately we aren’t able to assist everyone,” said Chandra Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “The helmet is our way of getting some recognition for charities that are special to people who follow and work in the racing community. We are all a family and most of us have a personal tie to a charity. This helmet is our small way of honoring those causes.”
Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament
Johnson will wear the helmet in the August Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in California, where he will drive the No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Impala SS. Johnson will also pilot the No. 5 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series event.
“Once again Lowe’s has given us the opportunity to put the Jimmie Johnson Foundation logo on our Lowe’s Impala SS” said the defending race winner. “I don’t know many sponsors who would be as generous as Lowe’s, but we have been together for a long time and treat each other like family. This is a perfect example of how we work together for a common cause.”
Fans may designate their charity of choice by visiting the foundation’s website,www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org. Media members will have the opportunity to participate during race weekends. Beginning at Daytona International Speedway and concluding at Michigan International Speedway, Johnson will draw the names of the charities which will be featured on his helmet each week.
The helmet will be one of many items available during the private dinner and auction to be held Tuesday evening in conjunction with the golf tournament. The event will feature celebrity entertainment and auction items, including a Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Sunoco Star Warriors Motorcycle customized by 2Xtreem Motorcycle TV, the opportunity to attend a private Garth Brooks concert, and other sports and entertainment experiences and memorabilia.
More than 200 golfers are scheduled to attend this year’s tournament. A limited number of golf sponsorships are still available. Among last year’s celebrity guests were NASCAR drivers Bobby Labonte, Brian Vickers, Juan Pablo Montoya, Boris Said and Kyle Petty, motocross champion Rick Johnson, and recording artist Nick Lachey.
Additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, San Diego Habitat for Humanity and Team Lowe’s Racing is available at media.lowesracing.com
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the two- time reigning Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Impala SS 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 $1.7 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visitwww.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
About San Diego Habitat for Humanity
San Diego Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has helped 99 local families throughout San Diego County achieve the American dream of homeownership. This is made possible through donations of labor, money and materials. For more information, log on to www.sdhfh.org or call (619) 283-4663.
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