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Published on: June 9, 2015

Inspiring healthier lifestyles includes looking beyond ourselves. For years, we have partnered with Camp Sunshine™ of Casco, Maine to support a destination that provides memorable experiences for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

Our partnership with Camp Sunshine began in 2008. Over the past 12 years, our fast-growing, fast-casual franchise business has donated more than $7.5 million and 6,000 volunteer hours, helping more than 2,500 families visit Camp Sunshine at no cost.

Franchisees Rally for National Flip Flop Day
The promotion, created in 2007 and held each June on National Flip Flop Day, offers flip-flop wearing customers a free smoothie, along with encouragement to donate to the cause.

In 2019, more than 780 Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise locations nationwide came together in raising the record $1.14 million donation during a multiweek fundraising period that was held alongside our annual National Flip Flop Day campaign.

“The families who attend Camp Sunshine have endured some of life’s most challenging circumstances, and we’ve seen how much this camp means to them,” Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Charles Watson said. “Some days you have to create your own sunshine, and that’s the beauty of Camp Sunshine—the camp creates hope and happiness for these families.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how our franchisees, customers, and employees come together to contribute to Camp Sunshine in such a meaningful way,” Watson said of this year’s historic contribution. “I’m proud that we can support Camp Sunshine’s mission to provide a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

About Camp Sunshine
Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine™ is a retreat in Casco, Maine 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’s program is offered year-round and is 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.

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