June 18, 2018
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Maine Charity receives over $900,000 from national smoothie chain

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Casco, Maine –  Tropical Smoothie Café sponsored this week’s winter oncology session at Camp Sunshine where they presented the charity with a check for $908,510. Camp Sunshine is a year-round, cost-free retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. 

“In our 10th year of fundraising for Camp Sunshine, the Tropical Smoothie Café franchisees, team members and guests once again stepped up and raised over $900,000 in 2017, putting our total donations since our relationship began to more than $5 million,” said Tropical Smoothie Café CEO, Mike Rotondo. “Each year, we continue to be so encouraged by the amazing work that Camp Sunshine does, offering a destination that provides memorable experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

While at Camp Sunshine, families will be able to relax, connect with other families, and enjoy all that winter in Maine has to offer. In addition to indoor activities including the pool, arts and crafts, and evening entertainment, families can also enjoy snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating and an afternoon of skiing or snowboarding lessons.

The funds raised by Tropical Smoothie Café will also go to sponsoring a summer oncology session, help with family transportation assistance, as well as assist with other camp needs. Nine employees from various Tropical Smoothie Café locations also volunteered during the February 16-20 winter session. 

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of Tropical Smoothie Café,” said Camp Sunshine’s Executive Director, Michael Katz. “Not only have they raised a substantial amount of money for Camp Sunshine over the years, they have also been instrumental in increasing awareness and helping families outside of Maine learn about the programs that are offered here.” 

Camp Sunshine continues to earn Charity Navigator’s highest nonprofit rating for sound fiscal management and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

About Camp Sunshine 
Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats 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 is offered year-round and has the distinction of having been 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. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness. If you know a child with a life-threatening illness, please consider referring their family to Camp Sunshine. Family and volunteer applications are available online at www.campsunshine.org

About Tropical Smoothie Café 
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthier lifestyles across the country, with more than 600 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time of day, Tropical Smoothie Cafe serves better-for-you smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads. Upgraded app technology and enhanced mobile ordering capabilities further elevate the digital and dine-in cafe experience and emphasize the brand’s focus on convenience. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including being ranked on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500, 2016 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers, Franchise Times’ Top 200+ and Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 Top 200.