Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson announced, via video, the launch of the 2019 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign today at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.
Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, makers of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, 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 July.
“Jimmie and his wife Chandra have shown incredible generosity and dedication to the Helmet of Hope program,” Wells said. “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, June 21. Ten semifinalists will be selected from these nominations. The public vote to choose the final five grant recipients will take place July 12-19.
“This program is so much fun, and the grants have made such a difference for organizations doing the important work of supporting K-12 public education,” Johnson said. “Chandra and I are very excited to partner with Blue Bunny again this year to assist and promote the incredible work of five new charities!”
To date, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $1.2 million to 111 different charities.
Johnson will take to the track this weekend at Kansas Speedway in the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. He will wear the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on October 20.
For additional information and to nominate a charity, visit www.helmetofhope.org.