Jimmie Johnson Foundation news 2009-10-01

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope Complete Special T shirts Now Available to Help Charities CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2009) -- The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope selections are complete, with 12 fan and media-nominated charities...

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope Complete
Special T shirts Now Available to Help Charities

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2009) -- The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope selections are complete, with 12 fan and media-nominated charities adorning the helmet Johnson will wear during the Oct. 11 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Each charity received a grant of $1,048 from the foundation. In addition, t-shirts featuring the logos of each charity currently are on sale for $10 with 100% of the proceeds to be divided among the 12 organizations. Fans and supporters of the charities may order a t-shirt by visiting, www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

"Chani and I are really excited about the great charities chosen for the Helmet of Hope this year," said Johnson. "When we started the initiative we had no idea the positive response we'd get. It's great that we can bring awareness to organizations across the country that are important to fans and members of this sport."

This is the second year the Helmet of Hope program has taken place in conjunction with the foundation's annual golf tournament and dinner auction. This year's events are being held Oct. 6-7 in San Diego. The helmet is intended to give race fans and members of the NASCAR family the opportunity to recognize charities of personal significance.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education also is featured on the helmet. The foundation is partnering with the Lowe's program to raise funds for education initiatives in Johnson's hometown of El Cajon, Calif.

"With all the budget cuts that are happening, we felt that we could really help some schools out with additional funding," said Johnson. "Lowe's Toolbox for Education is a great program. We are excited to partner with them to help identify programs where we can make the most impact."

The charities featured on Johnson's Helmet of Hope are: Victory Junction (Randleman, N.C.), Zepp Children's Foundation (Westminster, Md.), National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid Atlantic Chapter (Charlotte, N.C.), KidsPeace (Raleigh, N.C.), Special Operations Warrior Foundation (Tampa, Fla.), The Taylor Brooks Foundation (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Loaves & Fishes (Charlotte, N.C.), CureSearch (Bethesda, Md.), Hendrick Marrow Program (Charlotte, N.C.), St. Baldrick's Foundation (Pasadena, Calif.), Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.) and Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Libertyville, Ill.)

Johnson drew two charities each race weekend for six weeks. The logos of 12 winning organizations join the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe's Toolbox for Education images on the helmet.

-credit: jjr

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