STRONG PERFORMANCE BY JOHNSON IN AAA TEXAS 500 WOULD RESULT IN IMPACTFUL DONATION TO AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY
TMS Media Relations | Nov 02, 2012
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Nov. 2, 2012) – The largest purse in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup could have a direct impact on a donation earmarked to the Northeast to assist communities affected by Hurricane Sandy if Jimmie Johnson has his way in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
As part of the $1 million pledge and to help raise awareness for hurricane victims, Lowe’s is matching the race earnings of Johnson from the AAA Texas 500 that carries an overall purse of nearly $7 million, tops among the 10 Chase events, to donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief and rebuilding efforts.
Lowe's is planning a minimum donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross, but a strong performance by Johnson in the AAA Texas 500 could nearly double that donation. Should Johnson be able to pull off a victory, his race earnings would be in the neighborhood of $450,000 and possibly as high as $500,000 and further enhance Lowe’s generous donation.
Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to the Red Cross. In addition to the Red Cross donation, Lowe’s will use the remainder of its $1 million commitment to fund local projects in areas of greatest need as identified by its national nonprofit partners.
"You couldn't help but be affected just looking at the pictures of the devastation," Johnson said. "As always, Lowe's does just an incredible job helping communities when they are in need. I'm proud we are able to add to that effort."
Individuals can join forces with Johnson and Lowe's to help provide assistance by donating at their local Lowe’s store. Lowe's stores throughout the United States and Lowes.com will accept donations to the Red Cross. The donations will help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Donations also can be made at Lowe's American Red Cross Online Donation Site, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe's and its customers have contributed more than $23 million for disaster relief.