Once again, local Tropical Smoothie Cafés are celebrating National Flip Flop Day. On Friday, June 21st from 2:00-7:00 PM, visitors wearing flip flops receive a free, 24 ounce Jetty Punch. With locations in both Destin Commons and in HarborWalk Village, there is no better place to celebrate the Emerald Coasts’ favorite footwear than at Tropical Smoothie.
Originally started as a way to thank customers for the support and to kick off summer, National Flip Flop Day has evolved into a community fundraiser in support of Camp Sunshine. Since 1984, Camp Sunshine has been providing complimentary vacations at lake Sebago ME for children with terminal illnesses and their families. This completely free vacation allows kids and their families to get away from the stress and pressure of a life filled with hospitals, doctors, and medication. Kids and their families can swim, hike, horseback ride, play games and spend time with their families just enjoying life for a few days. The program provides 24 hour medical care and support and is close to a first rate Emergency Room and Pediatric Hospital if the need arises. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has hosted more than 40,000 individuals. Camp Sunshine is staffed almost entirely of volunteers, many of whom return year after year to visit with families and friends. Every family is sponsored by an individual, , charity, or civic group, and attend the program at no expense of their own. The cost per family is about $2,000. Tropical Smoothie has raised more than $1.5 million dollars for the charity since it began celebrating National Flip Flop Day, and looks to add another half a million dollars to the total this year.
The Southern Star is no stranger to hosting charities and fundraisers. This year, the Southern Star has held a fundraiser for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, hosted Leadership Okaloosa, ONE HOPE, and the 2013 Miss Destin candidates. If you’re heading to HarborWalk Village, be sure to head into Tropical Smoothie and support this worthwhile cause. Emerald Coast residents can donate at either store. If you donate $5.00 or more, you receive a key fob which entitles you to 10% off your purchases throughout the year. You can also donate online, or by texting ‘CAMP” to 20222. A $10.00 charge will appear on your next phone bill.
The dress code along the Emerald Coast is usually pretty causal, but be sure to break out your “fancy” flip flops on June 21st for a free Jetty Punch Smoothie and a chance to help kids and their families enjoy a little more sunshine.