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Jimmie Johnson Foundation offers $25,000 grant

March 14, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Public vote to determine 2014 Helmet of Hope grantees

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has teamed up with Blue Bunny Ice Cream to organize the 2014 edition of the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign. Five not-for-profit organizations supporting K-12 public education are eligible to receive a $25,000 grant.

“The foundation’s goal is to provide funding for K-12 public education and we wanted this year’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program to reflect on that mission,” Johnson said. “(Wife) Chandra and I are really proud of our relationship with Blue Bunny and the Wells Family. We think it’s great that we can work together to provide these important programs with financial support.”

Beginning in 2008, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign allows fans and consumers around the country to nominate their favorite education-related charities, such as parent/teacher associations. 

The winners of the grant will also receive a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition on Johnson's helmet for the Sprint Cup Series race on July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Going on its sixth year, the program has already contributed more than $560,000 to 71 different charities. 

To nominate a education-related organization visit www.helmetofhope.org through April 4. Ten semifinalists will be selected and voting will be open to the public to choose five grant winners April 17-24. 

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