Kona Ice Community

Building a brighter future for Clark County via fundraising for education, non-profits, sports leagues, and bringing families together.
Evan Louie
Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
27 Team Members

My name is Evan Louie and I am the owner of Kona Ice Las Vegas and Henderson. We are reaching out to everyone to help us build a brighter future for Clark County AND our children. Our team believes in building a stronger community.

Our now over $10 million and Counting Dollar Giveback To Our Community Video


4 years ago, I lost my wife, Cheryl Fernandez Louie, to brain cancer and she was survived by our daughter Cevan who is now 5. My late wife handled tourism for Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, runner up Miss Hawaii, academic scholar with a Political Science Degree from University of Hawaii, Woman of the Year, and devoted to her faith and philanthopy for helping others. Since she passed, I devoted our passion to making a difference in others lives and building a legacy for our daughter's future. We are devoted to this cause in memory of those we love dearly lost to cancer. We also lost her father last year and my father is diagnosed with terminal Gall Bladder cancer stage 4.

Interview in Hawaii networks on NBC and ABC in studio about brain tumor awareness and Kennedy Bill 717 when Senator Kennedy passed of brain cancer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR9MeYABWKY

As a team, we strive to help change the state of educational standards for our youth with Nevada being ranked 50 out of 50 in the U.S., a near 50% high school drop out rate, and the need for pursuit of higher level education. In the first two weeks of our launch in May 2012, we gave out thousands of FREE SHAVED ice to teachers as a token of appreciation to the educators in our community to every elementary and middle school in 9 zip codes. We didn't sell a single shaved ice in the first two weeks. Both my business partner, James Zhang, who lost his father to cancer, and I have not taken a single dime in salary because we believe in the future of Kona Ice Las Vegas and Henderson.

Interview on Channel 8 News about Kona Ice Las Vegas launch:http://www.8newsnow.com/category/28259/8-news-now-video?clipId=7655230&autostart=true

Since our launch, we now have hundreds of partners including over 60 schools, largest sports associations / leagues, non-profits, largest churches, community centers, universities, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, corporations, and retail strip malls. Kona Ice Las Vegas & Henderson has received awards from UNLV, Opportunity Village, Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman, U.S. Congressional Award from Dina Titus, commendation award from U.S. Senator Harry Reid, and even invited to the Presidential Inauguration by the Presidential Inauguration committee. All in one year with ONE shaved ice truck, hundred plus volunteers across the cities and other states, and the belief in making our community stronger. As a national brand, we have won #1 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 in the entire U.S.. As owners of Kona Ice Las Vegas and Henderson, we also own the largest territory in the U.S. comprised of 11 franchise territories.

Our target goals is to raise a target minimum of $432,000 and if we reach $826,000 it would meet our full fleet deployment across our 11 territories. The funding will be used for 1.) Working capital for salaries of event coordination / community organizers, recruitment of Full-Time and Part-Time employees, marketing operational expenses 2.) Acquisition of Kona Entertainment Vehicles and carts 3.) Sponsoring events for underprivileged children and families 4.) Extremely cost efficient budget of keynote speakers, celebrities, and additional travel and expense costs to promote education in our community in our schools.

Our devotion brings well known celebrities, national keynote speakers, academic scholars, and successful entrepreneurs to speak at elementary schools to universities like UNLV. Our goal is to inspire our younger generations to pursue higher education in the university systems, find their ambitions, and invest in our human capital. We have done this with a shoe string budget and relationships built in the national community while still maintaining profitability. We have over 100+ people in the community help volunteer with us as we run as a hybrid of a volunteer non-profit, grassroots organizing campaign, and for profit entrepreneurial venture with social responsibility. We have a very sustainable business model that has a 100% successfully proven track record for over 200 franchisees across the entire U.S. since our inception in 2007.

By partnering with the private sector and non-profits, we have created an open platform for businesses to adopt social responsibility and philanthropy. We, the community, believe that if we can converge all our partners together it will eventually lead to solidarity and strengthen community building in Southern Nevada via a horizontal and vertical community integration platform. Hence, the concept of paying it forward to others.

Devotion to Communities (40+ States) Across the County Preview Trailer

We have also built an entrepreneurial mentoring program within Kona Ice Las Vegas and Henderson to help aspiring business owners learn the fundamentals of building a nationwide company. Coming from a background of working with Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies, we have advised executive directors / senior management of non-profits, start-ups, and small businesses learn best practices in sales methodologies, operational strategies, brand promotion, value propositions, and building a roadmap to success.

What if you can invest into charity via a hybrid of venture philanthropy? What if you can help multiple charites instead of just one? Or build the infrastructure for non-profit fundraising? What if you can invest in education for our future generations? Your contributions changes the lives of many as we have heavily invested into the community. Since we donate 20% of our top line sales revenue, the GREATEST thing is that it is a recurring donation so it is the GIFT that just KEEPS GIVING.

If you are a business / company, show your support for all our schools, sports leagues, non-profits, churches, and gain exposure to hundreds of thousands by our social responsibility co-branding. We fundraise at many of the largest events with thousands to tens of thousands even on a daily basis. You will gain brand marketing and community recognition all across the cities. In addition, learn how our World Changing Humanitarian and other options can benefit from our partnerships. It is proven that social responsibility brands, empathy based marketing to consumers, and giving back to community helps build loyalty. You can decide on what charities to fundraise for, be present at our giveback check events, and be recognized for building a better Southern Nevada.

If you are a non-profit, you can join the crowdfundraising team. If you raise enough for an ENTIRE Kona Ice Cart or Kona Ice Entertainment Vehicle, your charity will benefit from our dedicated private events with even greater percentages going back to your charity. If you are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, you can sell our $12 giftcards online for the Giveback program via our crowdfunding site. 20% will go back (we incur 7% - 12% in fees here) to your charity by the donor indicating in notes who benefits. Offer good only to Kona Ice Las Vegas & Henderson events. Great for churches or other non-profits with dedicated fundraising and we do all the work! We invite all those who would like to join to make it a viral campaign!

You can also make anonymous donation or any increments that are not listed by the Perks section. We do need your shipping information for certain perks to make sure we can contact you!

For those who are company based sponsorships or philanthropists that contribute $10,000 or more, please inquire about how your company can benefit via our strategic alliances with the owners of Kona Ice Las Vegas and Henderson. 

You can also help by spreading the word, forwarding this link to all your friends and family. It takes people like yourself who seek to make a difference in this world as humanitarians. We know that YOU CAN make that difference in other peoples lives. We have testimonials from hundreds of key community leaders who believe in us, thank you for your trust in our dream to build a brighter future for Clark County. It is not investing in Kona Ice Las Vegas and Henderson, it is helping expand to invest more in our community and change the lives of more people via philanthropy.

Please take some time to review the pictures in our gallery to know our dedication to building our community!

 Evan Louie, Cevan Louie, James "Qin" Zhang, and all our Kona Ice community volunteers

Owners of Kona Ice Las Vegas & Henderson

Linkedin Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=1928494...

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  • $10USD
    2 Large Cups of Kona Ice

    Redeem with your Perk verification at any Kona Ice Las Vegas event

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  • $25USD
    Two Kona Ice Gift Cards

    We have partnered with businesses across Clark County to provide incentives for presenting our cards. Some include $2000+ worth of coupons at 170+ businesses at Miracle Mile Shops, Two-for-one tickets to David Saxe Theaters, and much more. Worth $12 of shaved ice at Las Vegas and Henderson only. Some examples are Injured Police Officers Fund, American Red Cross, and schools sell our gift cards to raise money for their organizations. Additional $1 is postage and envelope.

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  • $100USD
    Fun Picture of Yourself

    You can email or mail your picture in and sign it to be permanently on our Kona Ice Warehouse wall as a sponsor. We have community meetings here frequently and it shows support for raising money for schools, sports leagues, and non-profits in Clark County.

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  • $250USD
    Private Kona Event

    Offer only good in Las Vegas and Henderson locations. Private event for 1 hour for 80 small Kona Ice cups. Perfect for birthday parties, picnics, small corporate events, and social mixers. We play customized music requests via our Bose System, self-serve flavors, and 15 minute tour of the Kona Ice Experience Truck. Subject to availability of scheduling.

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  • $1,000USD
    Kona Ice VIP Treatment

    We are partnered with celebrities, academic scholars, national speakers, and do many of the largest events in Las Vegas! We bring celebrities to schools, universities, and discussion forums to promote higher level education, entrepreneurial mentoring, and inspire others! Many are also at our events we do daily. Be on the VIP email contact list to be notify with special meet-and-greet, autographs, and personal discussions.

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  • $5,000USD
    Social Responsibility Brand

    Put your name / logo on the Kona Ice Truck to show you support all these great causes by adopting our community. You will be visible to tens of thousands of people monthly at all our events. Also, customized stadium cups branded with your logo, napkins, at 2 of our largest events. Restrictions apply to first to reserve. We do events with 10,000+ people.

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  • $10,000USD
    Name Your Flavor!

    Every time someone pours a flavor on our self-serve flavor wave they will see "Your name / Company Name". For example, John Doe's Blue Raspberry or Company A's Cherry. It is good for 6 months slots. We have ten self-serve flavors to choose from. Also, you will be part of the Kona Ice "planning team" or participate in private monthly calls / meetings on our business strategy. This will also include all the perks from the Kona Promotional Brand Awareness Recipient. $10k + inquire about partnership

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  • $50,000USD
    Super Philanthropist Award

    A Mini Kona Entertainment Vehicle (Mini Kev) Cart named by you. Powered by YOU or YOUR COMPANY. You will have direct contributions to what charities we raise money for. Personal concierge from our team on events, planning, partnerships, and financial updates on profits and funds donated. Portrait opportunities with every community giveback check. Inquire about partnership.

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  • $125,000USD
    World Changer Humanitarian

    A Kona Entertainment Vehicle TRUCK powered by You! You will have input on what charities we fundraise for, locations, all branding perks listed for Truck, learn how we built a hundreds of partnerships in one year! Exclusive meetings with owners on deployment. Part of the Kona Ice Las Vegas family. Personal concierge from our team on events, planning, partnerships, and financial updates. Portrait opportunities with every community giveback check. Give the gift to charity that keeps giving!

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