Tropical Smoothie Café® Asks Public to Nominate Deserving Families to Attend Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake

Children With Life Threatening Illnesses and Their Families
Offered Much Needed Escape

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CampSunshine–To help celebrate their 10-year partnership with Camp
at Sebago Lake, Tropical
Smoothie Café
announced the launch of “Share
The Sunshine
” campaign to identify and send deserving families to
the upstate-Maine camp that offers a fun experience to children with
life-threatening illnesses. Camp Sunshine is the only program in the
nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed
to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program includes
on-site medical and psychosocial support.

“Typically, it takes about $2,500 to cover the costs of sending a family
to Camp Sunshine,” said Jennie Hong, Senior Director of Brand Marketing
and Strategy for Tropical Smoothie Café. “We’ve been supporting Camp
Sunshine through nearly $4 million in donations over the past 10
years…but we wanted to do more. That’s why we’re asking everyone to
please share stories – either their own, a friend’s, or a family
member’s in the hopes of giving them a much-needed bright spot in their

To make a nomination and help Tropical Smoothie Café share the sunshine,
fans can simply go online to
to submit a family’s name and share a story of why they could benefit
from a Camp Sunshine Trip. Tropical Smoothie Café will select at least
ten families from the submitted nominations to attend the camp. Selected
families will be notified following the completion of National
Flip Flop Day
, which takes place on Friday, June 17th.
National Flip Flop Day has become an annual tradition in the Tropical
Smoothie Café system where Jetty Punch, a strawberry banana smoothie, is
given away to everyone who walks through the cafe doors in flip flops
from 2p–7p. All the brand asks is that guests make a donation to the
Camp Sunshine effort. Last year the brand raised $1 Million and looks
forward to another successful year on its tenth anniversary.

“How do you make a difference,” asked Mike Rotondo, Chief Executive
Officer for Tropical Smoothie Café. “Be bold, do the things that people
say can’t be done and stop at nothing to achieve your goals. This year
we set a goal to raise a million dollars to support as many Camp
Sunshine families as possible and I have no doubts we will do just that
on this milestone anniversary.”

About Tropical Smoothie Café

Founded in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Café is a fast-casual
restaurant concept inspiring healthy lifestyles across the country, with
over 484 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time
of day, Tropical Smoothie Café serves smoothiessalads,
and flatbreads.
The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including
being ranked on Entrepreneur’s
2015 Franchise 500
Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers
 and Nation’s
Restaurant News’ 2015 Top 200
. Tropical Smoothie Café is
seeking qualified franchisees to expand throughout the United States in
markets such as Atlanta, Houston,
Dallas, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, among others. For
more information, visit

About Camp Sunshine

is a year-round retreat located in Casco, Maine, 30 miles
from Portland on Sebago Lake. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has
offered comfort, hope, and support to over 43,500 individuals from 48
states and 23 countries. Camp Sunshine is currently the only full-time
facility in the nation whose sole purpose is to provide respite for the
whole family. The camp programs provide respite to children with
life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various
stages of the child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all
families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support.
Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child
to an illness. For more information, visit the website at
or call (207) 655-3800.


For Tropical Smoothie Café
Tara Hamp, 866-252-1750, x102