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Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches announced Tuesday that it is donating $1 million to the Folds of Honor Foundation, an Owasso-based charity for military families.

The Illinois-based restaurant chain will give away the money Sept. 13 at the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway.

“Through the stars aligning and a gentleman’s handshake, we are honored to support Folds of Honor,” Jimmy John Liautaud, CEO and founder of Jimmy John’s, said in a statement. “Jimmy John’s is proud to be an American company and is privileged to aid families of veterans through this American charity.”

A Folds of Honor spokeswoman said Tuesday it is one of the largest donations the organization has received.

“We are pleased to be aligned with such a great organization like Jimmy John’s that recognizes the importance of supporting the 1 percent who protect our freedoms every single day,” said Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor. “Jimmy John’s and its customers will be providing much needed educational assistance to the families of our heroes. What a great American company.”

Earlier this year, Jimmy John’s was announced as the Chicagoland Speedway title sponsor for the Sept. 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. While hosting the Freaky Fast 300 race day, Jimmy John’s will celebrate the day with the official check presentation to Folds of Honor. Jimmy John’s-sponsored NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick, will be driving his Freaky Fast No. 5 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet co-branded with the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and member of the U.S. Golfing Association and Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Since its inception, Folds has awarded nearly 5,500 scholarships to the children and spouses of military service men and women who have been killed or disabled.

Rhett Morgan 918-581-8395

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