Jul 5

Going Bananas (Splits) For A Cause, Part 2

in News, Travel

. . . continued . . . When we went into the other room, Kelly Ripa was waiting for us on the Electrolux banana split set, as well as Stephen Bruce, the owner and founder of Serendipity 3, and Kevin Scott, the president and CEO of Electrolux.

Kelly Ripa at Splits

Kevin Scott introduced Electrolux’s new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer (drool!) and then explained that to celebrate the new release, they had teamed up with Serendipity 3 to make banana splits for a cause.  Each of the kids had their own banana split work station, complete with lots of toppings.

Bug and Squirrel making banana splits

Kelly went around the room meeting all of the kids.  Squirrel got a bit shy when Kelly tried to shake her hand,

Kelly & SquirrelPhoto source: Electrolux

but warmed up to the situation as soon as some ice cream made it into her bowl.

Squirrel happily creating her banana split

Stephen Bruce demonstrated how to make a banana split the Serendipity 3 way, sharing the fabulous tip of spreading hot fudge all over the inside of your ice cream bowl before doing anything else.

Stephen Bruce sharing banana split tips with Kelly Ripa

Both of the girls enjoyed making their splits.

Bug working on her banana split

Kelly was as sweet as sweet can be, making the event even more fun.

Kelly and Rachael trying to cheer up BugKelly Ripa, Rachael, and Bug at SplitsKelly & the bloggers
Photo source: Electrolux

I think the look on Squirrel’s face towards the end of the event says it all.

Happy Squirrel

When it was over, we got into the car and headed for the airport.  As I watched the skyline of New York whiz by, I looked over at the girls sitting next to me and they were both fast asleep looking quite content.

Exhausted girls on the way to the airport

Despite the long flights and some of the issues that inevitably accompany traveling with young children, our trip to New York was a wonderful one and worth the effort.  I must say that it could have been much worse if not for the careful planning of the Electrolux PR people who made sure that we were well taken care of, and that I didn’t have to worry about things like transportation or bringing car seats.  I am so glad that my girls were able to have such a wonderful experience, and that we were able to participate in such a worthwhile event.  You can now go and have your own virtual banana split party and participate in the cause as well!  For each banana split created on the site, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF.  To sweeten the deal, everyone who logs on to the site and builds a banana split will be automatically entered for a chance to win the daily prize ($50 towards sweet summer treats) and the grand prize (the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux).  If you’ve already built a split, go build another!  You can build one every day for the next couple of months.  Let’s make sure that we make as many as we can and help fight ovarian cancer!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Fuji Nana July 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

What fun, and what a great cause! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall. (Okay, maybe not a fly–maybe a chocolate fleck.)


Lawyer Loves Lunch July 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

This looks like SO much fun! Any event where the focal point is a make-your-own-sundae-bar wins automatic cool points! :)


Paula - bell'alimento July 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

How cute are y’all! Love it! So much fun! & of course I’ve been making my virtual splits ; )


joshua shimizu July 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

wow. what a great event and what a line-up of celebs to lend their support. you’ve hit the big time! ;)


Lyndsey July 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Those are great pictures, I love the one of them sleeping in the car. That’s nice you and the girls got a chance to experience this and help a good cause. Looks like a great time! Now I’m off to build a sundae….


Steve July 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Looks like it was a great event for the girls.


bunkycooks July 6, 2010 at 4:32 am

How much fun! I know that’s an event the girls won’t forget.


Maria July 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

What a fun time! Thanks for sharing! Great cause too!


Jen @ How To: Simplify July 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

What an amazing event! It looks like fun was had by all! Thanks for sharing!


Lick My Spoon July 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

A timeless memory for your family indeed. And not only was it fun, but for a worthy cause. Thank you for sharing this! I’m now crazing a sundae…


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Looks like so much fun! Love all of your photos of the event!


Tracy July 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Great cause! Thanks for sharing with us!


marla {family fresh cooking} July 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Rachel, what a happy post. Your girls are adorable!! The colors are so refreshing. I am digging Mr. Serendipity’s coating the sundae glass with hot fudge. Pure genius! xo


Jenny Flake July 7, 2010 at 5:59 am

Absolutely adorable!! What fun, your girls must have had so much fun. Great pics, LOVE Kelly Ripa :)


Daydreamer Desserts July 7, 2010 at 7:11 am

What great fun, the girls look like they had a blast, what an amazing experience for them!


Sally Ford July 7, 2010 at 10:15 am

What a great family blog! If you ever want to turn your blog into a book I can help you make a great yearbook. http://www.booksfromblogs.com I would love to give you a 20% discount too!

Sally Ford


Gaby July 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

omg you and the girls look like you had such a fabulous time!!!! I love it! Is it wrong to want a banana split right now? at 2:13pm? for a late lunch? xoxo


momgateway July 7, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Looks like you had a great time…nice pictures too!


Cookin' Canuck July 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

What a fun event. It looks as though Squirrel had a ball! I headed over and made my banana split.


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 9, 2010 at 5:51 am

Love love LOVE that photo of the girls at the end of the day! Your photos from this day are priceless!


Barbara Bakes July 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

What a fun event. Your girls are adorable. I just built a banana split.


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