Starting this summer, Clifton Park will be home to a shaved ice truck that delivers cool treats and charitable support to various local organizations.
Kona Ice, a company that sells a wide variety of shaved ice treats out of brightly colored, music-playing ice cream trucks, is coming to Clifton Park. Kona Ice was started in Northern Kentucky in 2007. Now, there are more than 1,000 trucks in 48 states, according to the company.
The franchise will be owned by locals Nancy and Joseph Gonzalez, and will continuing Kona Ice's tradition of donating thousands of dollars annually to local school groups, teams and community organizations.
The Clifton Park Kona Ice Truck will be available to book for events. As the couple books events, they will donate a percentage of the sales from each stop or event.
Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $62 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.
“The communities’ first taste of our cool treats and colorful truck will keep them coming back for more,” said Joseph Gonzalez about the launch. “It will only be a matter of time before our Kona truck captures the hearts, minds and taste buds of the neighborhoods we serve.”
The truck, according to the Gonzalezes, features more than 50 frozen ice flavors.
"Joseph and Nancy share our commitment to giving back,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Kona Ice said in a prepared statement. “They want to have a positive influence on the people in their community, whether it’s new text books, sports uniforms or, simply, a smile. We are proud to have them on-board."
Kona Ices trucks play tropical calypso music as customers can take their pick of flavor combinations. Beyond fundraisers, popular spots for the truck franchise include stops throughout Clifton Park at fairs, festivals, corporate events, neighborhood socials, church events and birthday parties. The truck also maintains regular weekday and weekend routes.
“It’s an opportunity to enjoy a unique, tropical treat,” said Nancy Gonzalez. “For a few dollars you can experience the excitement of the truck, flavor your own Kona Ice, donate to an organization you care about and kick back for a few minutes enjoying the sounds of the tropics. It’s an escape that everyone can enjoy.”
Upcoming events hosted by the Clifton Park Kona Ice Truck include After Dark Day on July 19, a 21 plus event, a "Star Wars" themed day on Aug. 10, a Halloween themed day on Oct. 12, an Art of Science and Cook event on Nov. 8 and a LEGO family day on Dec. 14.