Jimmie Johnson Raises $4.1M for Needy Families

Entering into its 5th year of charity, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation is a gift that keeps on giving.

By Annalisa Guidone
|  Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 9:54 AM PDT
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Jimmie Johnson: He's Our Celebrity

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Jimmie and Chandra Johnson attend the 5th Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation dinner auction at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, June 21, 2011.

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The Jimmie Johnson Foundation had yet another great victory at the Grand Del Mar Resort and golf course this week.

The five-time Spring Cup Champion and his wife Chandra were on hand to help raise money for a number of charities including The American Red Cross for victims of the recent tornadoes in the Midwest.

Born and raised in El Cajon, the five-time Sprint Cup Champion has been racing since he was five-years-old. Shortly after graduating high school from Granite Hills High School, Johnson wanted to continue his auto-racing career in the Midwest.

Each year, the foundation’s golf tournament and auction raise over $500,000 towards a variety of philanthropic organizations, including the American Red Cross, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, Hendrick Marrow Program, Make A Wish Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

This  year, the foundation will designate $10,000 towards disaster relief.

Since its establishment in February 2006, the Foundation has accomplished raising over $4.1 million dollars towards these charities.

Specifically to California, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation has raised more than $1.7 million dollars towards Habitat for Humanity, and the Toolbox for Education.

Building playgrounds, safe learning environments, and aiding bone marrow collection programs, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation holds true to its mission statement; The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is “dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States.”

For additional information go to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's website

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