CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 30, 2019) — The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today the five recipients of this year’s $25,000 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants.  The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program invites fans and consumers across the country to nominate not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education for the opportunity to receive one of five (5) available grant packages.

The five grant recipients are:

  • Art With a Heart in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • High Mountain Youth Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico
  • Immigrant Family Services Institute in Roslindale, Massachusetts
  • Lakeshore Elementary School PTA in San Francisco, California
  • Pilot Light in Chicago, Illinois

The final five were selected via a week-long public vote. More than 215,000 votes were cast for the 10 semi-finalists during the voting period. 

“Chani (wife) and I feel very fortunate to be able to partner with our friends at Blue Bunny to present this program,” said Johnson. “The five grant recipients did a great job engaging their supporters and driving the voting process. We’re thrilled to be able to assist these non-profits to continue the inspiring work they’re doing in support of K-12 public education.”

In addition to a $25,000 grant, each of the five recipient organizations will receive a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet during the NASCAR Cup Series race on October 20, 2019 at Kansas Speedway.  To date, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $1.2 million to 111 different charities.

“Congratulations to the five recipients of the 2019 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants,” stated Mike Wells, President & CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream. “The rallying effort by the fans and supporters of the 10 semi-finalists is always impressive and illustrates the energy and passion around the purpose and mission of each organization. It is an honor to help each of them further the important work they are committed to around education.”

Thanks to the generosity of Wells Enterprises, Inc., the remaining five semi-finalist charities will each receive a $1,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party as well. 

For additional information about the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program, visit 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 Ally 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 $11.5 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education.  For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit 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.