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Tropical Smoothie Café hosts Flip-flop Day fundraiser

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 8:31 a.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – June 21 marks the first official day of summer, but it’s also Tropical Smoothie Café’s favorite holiday of the year – National Flip Flop Day, an in-store fundraising event celebrating open toes and open hearts for a good cause.

On this day, Tropical Smoothie Café, 12162 Route 47 in Huntley, will be giving away free 24-ounce Jetty Punch Smoothies, between 2 and 7 p.m., to any customer wearing flip-flops. The café will be collecting donations for the brand’s national charity partner, Camp Sunshine, the only retreat in the nation whose mission is focused solely on addressing the effects of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, parents and siblings. Last year, Tropical Smoothie Café locations nationwide collectively gave away close to 200,000 smoothies for the cause, which equated to approximately $1 million in free smoothies.

Customers can participate in a more traditional fundraising effort and show their support by purchasing colored paper flip-flops for $1 or Flip-Flop Key Fobs for $5. Online donations also are accepted at www.nationalflipflopday.com.

To date, Tropical Smoothie Café has donated $1.5 million to Camp Sunshine, sending 750 children and their families to experience the camp. Last year, Tropical Smoothie Café raised $400,000 for Camp Sunshine and the brand plans to exceed that number in 2013 by raising $500,000.

“National Flip Flop Day is about more than Tropical Smoothie Café. It’s about sending terminally ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine where they can focus on playing and having fun, and also interact with people like themselves, who truly understand and are intimately familiar with the experiences they are going through,” said Mike Ward, owner of Tropical Smoothie Café in Huntley. “This is my favorite time of the year because our entire franchise system bands together for one central cause; it’s a beautiful thing.”

For more information, call 847-669-3803.

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