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.