DESTIN, Fla., June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As summer kicks off, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is gearing up for their official holiday, National Flip Flop Day, on June 15. Each year, the gourmet smoothie and sandwich chain hands out its signature smoothie, the Jetty Punch, to customers who come into cafes sporting flip flops. This year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe will give out 24-oz smoothies from 2-7 pm.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe created National Flip Flop Day six years ago to raise money for its 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, the parents, and the siblings. To date, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has raised more than $1 million for Camp Sunshine.
"National Flip Flop Day is about giving back to our customers for their generosity in helping to bring a little bit of hope, happiness and healing to these children and their families facing life-threatening illnesses," said Mike Rotondo, COO, Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
"We are honored by how much Tropical Smoothie Cafe and its customers have embraced Camp Sunshine with their commitment and passion for what we do," said Matthew M. Hoidal, Esq., executive director of Camp Sunshine. "We thank Tropical Smoothie Cafe for assisting us in spreading the word about Camp Sunshine and for helping deserving families benefit through relaxation and support at camp."
Now through June 30, customers can make a difference by visiting their local Tropical Smoothie Cafe and donating money, or by purchasing a specially designed key fob, which includes a 10 percent discount on a future visit through December 31, 2012. They can also help out online by donating directly through www.nationalflipflopday.com, Facebook causes at https://www.causes.com/fb/donations/new?ts=1305121658&campaign_id=62117&cause_id=2194 or by texting "Camp" from their cell phones to 20222 to donate $10. Standard text charges may apply.
In addition to the June 15 National Flip Flop Day celebration, customers who take photos of their blinged out flip flops and submit them to Tropical Smoothie Cafe's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tropicalsmoothiecafe now through June 24, will have a chance to win a beach vacation to the luxurious Marenas Beach Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles, Florida www.marenasresortmiami.com. The trip includes accommodations for two for five nights at the Marenas Beach Resort & Spa, resort fees and complimentary parking, as well as an $800 travel voucher, which can be used towards airfare. Hotel accommodations are valid for one year based upon availability and subject to blackout dates. The photos will be judged by kids from Camp Sunshine. There is no purchase necessary and entries are limited to one, per person.
About Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Founded in Destin, Fla., in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is in a niche category of the quick service restaurant industry providing diners with healthier food with a tropical twist. Tropical Smoothie franchised locations offer made-to-order toasted wraps, flatbreads, sandwiches and gourmet salads, while continuing to provide consumers with a variety of high-quality real fruit smoothies. Tropical Smoothie Cafe includes dine-in, take-out and catering menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, available through online ordering. For more information on Tropical Smoothie Cafe, please visit www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com, www.facebook.com/tropicalsmoothiecafe or call 888-292-2522.
National Flip Flop Day
In 2008, Tropical Smoothie Cafe joined fundraising efforts with its national charity partner Camp Sunshine, which established a retreat in Casco, Maine approximately 28 years ago for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the nation. Tropical Smoothie Cafe created the holiday, National Flip Flop Day, on the third Friday of each June to raise awareness for Camp Sunshine. Loyal Tropical Smoothie Cafe customers are rewarded with a free Jetty Punch on this day with all donations received benefiting Tropical Smoothie Cafe's national charity partner. To date, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has donated more than $1 million to Camp Sunshine. Nationwide, Tropical Smoothie's franchisees execute community fundraising events prior to National Flip Flop Day and donations are collected year-round at www.NationalFlipFlopDay.com.
About Marenas Beach Resort
A member of the prestigious Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels collection by Benchmark Hospitality International, Marenas Beach Resort & Spa is situated on a 2.5 mile stretch of beach in Sunny Isles Beach, a barrier island just north of Miami. The resort blends the best of South Florida with an international style. Marenas Beach Resort's name draws from its location, evoking the sea and the sand ~ mar y arenas ~ in Spanish. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and operated by Benchmark Hospitality International, the 26-story stainless steel and glass hotel tower features 159 one- and two-bedroom suites, each with fully equipped gourmet kitchens and spacious contemporary interiors. Amenities include a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, oceanside pool, beach club, luxurious spa, health club and elegant meeting space. For reservations, please call a travel agent professional or 1-877-858-2305. Visit www.marenasresortmiami.com.
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