CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson will be riding in style at Kansas Speedway in October with very special helmet.
The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope is back in 2019, and on Tuesday the Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced the five charities that will be featured on the helmet.
The not-for-profit organizations all support K-12 public education, and each will receive a $25,000 grant as well as a Blue Bunny ice cream party.
Over 215,000 votes were casted for the 10 semi-finalists during the voting period, with the final five ultimately selected via a week-long public vote.
The five recipients are: Art with a Heart in Indianapolis; High Mountain Youth Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico; Immigrant Family Services Institute in Roslindale, Massachusetts; Lakeshore Elementary School PTA in San Francisco; and Pilot Light in Chicago.
To date, the Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $1.2 million to 111 different charities.
“Chani (wife) and I feel very fortunate to be able to partner with our friends at Blue Bunny to present this program,” Jimmie Johnson said. “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.”
The five semi-finalists that did not make the helmet will still receive a $1,000 grant and a Blue Bunny ice cream party.
For more information about the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign, visit helmetofhope.org, and be on the lookout for the helmet during the Oct. 20 race at Kansas.