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CONCORD, N.C. – Over the weekend in Fontana, California, Jimmie Johnson announced that the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Blue Bunny Ice Cream are partnering up to launch the 2018 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign.

Five non-profit 501c3 organizations will be eligible to receive $25,000 grants through the program, totaling $125,000. The grants will be awarded in May.

“Chandra and I are thrilled to be partnering with Blue Bunny again this year, and are so grateful for their ongoing support of the foundation,” Johnson said. “This is such a fun program and we can’t wait to help five new charities enhance the amazing work they do to support K-12 public education across the country.”

The program, which started in 2008, gives fans the chance to nominate their favorite education-based charities to receive a $25,000 grant, a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition to Johnson’s race helmet.

Since its inception, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has given over $1 million to 101 different charities.

“Jimmie and his wife Chandra have shown incredible generosity and dedication to the Helmet of Hope program,” Mike Wells said, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. “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 many.”

Fans have the chance to nominate their favorite education-based charity online through April 20. Ten nominations will be selected, with a final vote taking place between May 8 to May 15 to pick the final five grant recipients.

For more information and to nominate a charity, visit helmetofhope.org