Springfield, MO—May 26, 2011—During Sunday’s race, the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet will be dedicated to bringing awareness to on-going relief efforts for the tornado-stricken families of Joplin, Missouri. The Convoy of Hope’s logo will appear on the car driven by Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray. McMurray, whose hometown is Joplin, will be competing for a win in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Memorial Day weekend.
Springfield, Missouri, hometown of Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris, and headquarters for Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine is just 70 miles from Joplin.
“We just wanted to do all we could to help,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “We have seen first-hand what a great job Convoy of Hope is doing in Joplin and we want to encourage more people to help.”
McMurray, along with The Morris Family and the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine extended family, is working in conjunction with Convoy of Hope to help bring assistance to those families whose lives were deeply affected by the EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin Sunday, May 22nd.
“My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster in my hometown of Joplin,” said McMurray. “I am thrilled that we have been able to come together and partner with Convoy of Hope and Bass Pro Shops this weekend. Hopefully we can raise some awareness for a great organization that has been on the ground since the first minute to offer assistance in the community. I hope that all NASCAR fans that are able to offer support will consider a donation to Convoy of Hope.”
Convoy of Hope responded immediately to the crisis and is on site in Joplin offering aid and supplies to those impacted.
“Convoy of Hope is very excited about the partnership with Jamie McMurray and Bass Pro Shops. With the history of Jamie’s heritage in Joplin and Bass Pro Shops commitment to community, Convoy of Hope is able to bring together three entities, that combined, can help provide a large quantity of food and supplies to those in need,” said Jeff Nene, Senior Director of Public Relations for Convoy of Hope.
Those wishing to make a contribution to the Joplin Tornado Relief efforts can make a secure online contribution at www.convoyofhope.org or text the word CONVOY to 50555. A $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill. (Standard text and data rates apply.)