The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has announced the five recipients of this year’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants.
The grants, which total $25,000 each, are awarded to not-for-profit organizations that support K-12 public education.
Organizations were nominated and then voted on via a week-long public vote. More than 215,000 votes were cast for the 10 semi-finalists during the voting period.
The five grant recipients are:
● Art With a Heart in Indianapolis, Indiana
● High Mountain Youth Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico
● Immigrant Family Services Institute in Roslindale, Massachusetts
● Lakeshore Elementary School PTA in San Francisco, California
● Pilot Light in Chicago, Illinois
Along with the $25,000 grants, each of the five organizations will receive a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet during the Oct. 20 Cup race at Kansas Speedway.
To date, the Blue Bunny 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,” Johnson said in a press release. “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 remaining five semi-finalist charities will each receive a $1,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party as well, courtesy of Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream.