Tropical Smoothie Cafe will give you a free “Sunshine Smoothies” from 2 to 7 p.m. on June 15th as part of its effort to raise $1 million for Camp Sunshine – a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in Casco, Maine.
During its annual National Flip Flop Day event, customers who wear flip flops to any of the eight Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in Dallas will receive a free Sunshine Smoothie – a mix of mangos, bananas, oranges and pineapple. In exchange, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is encouraging customers to donate to Camp Sunshine — a cost-free, year-round retreat where families can reconnect, reenergize and restore hope for what lies ahead.
Since launching National Flip Flop Day in 2007, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has donated $5.3 million to Camp Sunshine – enough for more than 2,100 families to attend for free. This year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is pushing to raise $1 million, which would help send families to Camp and assist with travel expenses.
Since 1984, Camp Sunshine has served more than 50,000 people from all 50 states and 27 countries. Carly Allphin, a 15-year-old with cancer, visited last summer, and she quickly made friends. They paddled on canoe rides where they took turns flipping each other, they spent hours playing Uno and other card games, and they formed lifelong friendships. “It was so nice,” Carly says, “to leave cancer behind for a week.”
Those who do donate will receive a paper sunshine they can customize and display in the cafe. Customers may also donate by purchasing a Sunshine Key Fob for $5, all of which goes to Camp Sunshine. The fob gives customers a 5 percent discount on all Tropical Smoothie Cafe purchases at participating locations for the rest of 2018.
ABOUT CAMP SUNSHINE: Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. Camp Sunshine is offered year-round and has the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Camp Sunshine continues to receive a prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and transparency, is accredited by the American Camp Association, Children’s Oncology Camping Association – International, and receives referrals from more than 100 of the nation’s top treatment centers. For more information, visit the website at www.campsunshine.org or call (207) 655-3800.
ABOUT TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE: Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthier lifestyles across the country, with more than 600 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time of day, Tropical Smoothie Cafe serves better-for-you smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads. Upgraded app technology and enhanced mobile ordering capabilities further elevate the digital and dine-in cafe experience and emphasize the brand’s focus on convenience. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including being ranked on Entrepreneur’s 2018 Franchise 500, 2016 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers, Franchise Times’ Top 200+ and Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 Top 200.