Jimmie Johnson announces 5 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grant recipients

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NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and Mike Wells, President and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc., makers of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, have announced the five recipients of this year’s $25,000 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants.

The Helmet of Hope program allows fans and consumers to nominate and vote for not-for-profit organizations that support K-12 public education. Nearly 225,000 votes were cast this year for the 10 semifinalists.

The 2016 Helmet of Hope recipients are:

* ArtWell (Philadelphia)

* Carlos Gilbert Elementary Parents! Teachers! Kids! (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

* Change for Kids (New York City)

* Inside the Outdoors Foundation (Costa Mesa, California)

* Mercy Child Advocacy Center (Sioux City, Iowa)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500“The vote this year was incredibly close,” Johnson said in a media release. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Chani (wife) and I are thrilled to have partners like Blue Bunny that make it possible for us to provide funding for the great work the five grant recipients are doing to support K-12 public education.”

The five remaining semi-finalist charities each received a $1,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party, as well.

Since its inception, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has awarded over $810,000 to 81 different charities.

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