On June 20, customers who stop by any participating Tropical Smoothie Café location nationwide between the hours of 2 and 7 p.m. wearing flip flops will receive a free 24-ounce Jetty Punch Smoothie.
Customers who also purchase a $5 flip flop key fob to benefit Camp Sunshine will be rewarded with a 10 percent discount on all future purchases through the end of the year.
Tropical Smoothie Café’s goal this year is to raise more than $600,000 to benefit Camp Sunshine.
“We are proud to support Camp Sunshine and everything the organization stands for,” says Tropical Smoothie Café CEO Mike Rotondo. “Camp Sunshine gives kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families a much-needed break. It’s a chance to leave behind the doctor visits, medical tests and anxious waits for results – if only for a week.”
Located on the shores of Lake Sebago in Maine, Camp Sunshine is a nonprofit organization with a mission to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family. Parents receive support from medical staff and others who can relate to what they are going through first-hand, while kids get to get away from the stresses of everyday life living with their illnesses.
Families like the Fishers have been going to Camp Sunshine for several years. Their son, Joshua, has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since age 2.
“When your child is very sick, it becomes very lonesome for the child and for the family as it becomes very isolating. Camp Sunshine brings families together that all experience the same thing. It enables our entire family to have so much fun. There are very few places we can go that we can all be together and relax due to the fact there is a physician there and everybody there knows what it means to have a child that is sick. Camp Sunshine has brought so much happiness to our lives, and we are grateful that Tropical Smoothie Café has been so gracious and enabled families like ours to have these fantastic memories,” the Fishers say.
The cost of sending one child with a life-threatening illness and their family to Camp Sunshine for a week is $2,000, and Camp Sunshine relies on donations from corporate supporters, like Tropical Smoothie Café, and individual donors to continue to offer its programs free-of-charge.
“Camp Sunshine is a lifeline for so many families, giving them the gift of treasured memories and precious time with the ones they love and others that can relate,” Rotondo says. “With the help of our customers, we hope to send even more families to this wonderful camp this year.”