Café makes major donation

MAJOR DONATION — Tropical Smoothie Café presented a $400,000 check to Camp Sunshine at a recent ceremony. From left to right, Camp Sunshine Executive Director Matthew Hoidal, Grant Leibell, Andrew Jessen, Staci Leibell, Terri Jessen, Jessica Seminaro, Stephen Seminaro, Matthew Shaffer, Camp Sunshine Founder Anna Gould, Walter Jankowski, and Bob Fischer from Tropical Smoothie Café.

CASCO — Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, has announced that it received a $400,000 donation from Tropical Smoothie Café.

The national smoothie and sandwich chain raised the funds through its National Flip Flop Day Campaign — an annual philanthropic event benefiting Camp Sunshine.

Franchisees and executives from the company presented a check at Camp Sunshine as part of last week’s Tropical Smoothie Café Session, during which all 40 families attending were sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Café and 12 employees from the company spent time at camp volunteering.

Camp Sunshine began its partnership with Tropical Smoothie Café in 2008 and has thus far received $1.1 million in donations from National Flip Flop Day. The money raised this year will be used primarily to provide sponsorships for more than 150 families to attend Camp Sunshine throughout the year, which includes supporting families’ travel costs.

“Tropical Smoothie Cafe is committed to helping Camp Sunshine create memorable experiences for the families touched by this incredible program,” said Mike Rotondo, chief operating officer of Tropical Smoothie Café. “We are proud to be involved with such a wonderful organization and look forward to continuing to support Camp Sunshine.”

Fundraising efforts took place throughout the month of June at each of the more than 300 Tropical Smoothie Café locations across the country, as well as online at www.nationalflipflopday.com

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