The 5 winners are:
- 9 Dots in Los Angeles
- BackPack Beginnings in Greensboro, North Carolina
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa
- Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
- The Be Kind People Project in Phoenix
The final five were selected via public vote. Approximately 2.2 million votes were cast for the 10 semi-finalists during the voting period.
“It was exciting to see this year’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program unfold,” said Jimmie Johnson. “The semi-finalist charities did an outstanding job of rallying their supporters to secure votes. It was a tough, hard fought competition between 10 very deserving charities. Chani (wife) and I are thrilled that the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Blue Bunny, is able to support the great work of the five winners.”
In addition to a $25,000 grant, each of the five winners will receive a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 7, 2015 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. To date, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $685,000 to 76 different charities.
“Congratulations to the five winners of the 2015 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.”
For additional information about the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program, visit www.helmetofhope.org.
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