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Kona Ice now serving Buffalo

Local residents and longtime friends Karey Reeder and Susan Shelton have recently opened a business - Kona Ice that will serve Buffalo and surrounding communities.

They are cruising for a cause in Buffalo. The decked out, mobile shaved ice truck features a tiki hut top, self-serve flavor wave and wild flavors such as pickle and tigers blood. Reeder and Shelton partner with schools throughout that area to host “Kona Days” which allow administrators to raise money for underfunded programs and initiatives.

They give back 20- 30% of their proceeds at each of these school fundraising events back to the school. Overtime, they have the potential to make a real impact– including raising tens of thousands of dollars for new text books, school uniforms, field trips and more. They also partner with youth sports leagues and other non-profits in the area.

Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is introducing Buffalo to its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats. The Kona Ice experience is unlike any other in the area.

“The communities’ first taste of our cool treats and colorful truck will keep them coming back for more,” said Reeder, the local resident and entrepreneur who has teamed up with Shelton to shift good times into overdrive in Buffalo with the launch of their new food truck franchise. “It will only be a matter of time before our Kona truck captures the hearts, minds and taste buds of the neighborhoods we serve.”

Kona Ice’s escape from the ordinary begins as the sounds of tropical calypso music fills the air at each event and group gathering. The fun continues as all in attendance get their overflowing cups of freshly shaved ice and then help themselves to any of the ten tastes on the truck’s dispensing system in which individuals select from one or more of the flavors to pour over their fluffy snow) or the additional 20-plus flavors and 500 different combinations available.

“It’s an opportunity to enjoy a unique, tropical treat,” added Reeder. “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.”

Equally as appealing about the launch of Kona Ice of Huntsville is its philanthropic commitment to the communities it serves. The duo is continuing the mobile franchise’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. As they book events with these groups, they pledge to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each stop. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $40 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

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