Share some ice cream love & raise money for a great cause

Thanks to the kind folks at Electrolux, I had the opportunity to head into New York City on Tuesday (Electrolux arranged our transportation to/from) with my son Will to attend a fun-packed banana split party hosted by Kelly Ripa and Stephen Bruce, owner and founder of Serendipity 3, to build banana splits in support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Will had a very hard time falling asleep on Monday night because he was so excited to be going on an ice cream adventure with mommy all by himself. He kept saying “Mommy, I have to get a good night’s sleep tonight because we’re going on an adventure tomorrow…but I’m so SKITED – my eyes keep popping open!” He eventually fell asleep, and thank heavens he did because the party was amazing. The kids were entertained with balloon artists (check out Will’s rocket backpack!), made their very own ice cream sundaes, and got their faces painted. Nirvana! And I have to say, I was bowled over by Kelly. I always thought she was incredibly talented – the way she improvises on her show every day is amazing. But on top of that, she was so gracious. She was marvelous with the kids, taking the time to stop and chat with each one and make them feel special. Will was definitely smitten when she oogled his rocket balloon backpack.

Kelly’s Banana Splits for a Cause

While the kids were being entertained with banana splits, balloons, bubbles, and face painting, we moms got the lowdown on a very smart (and fun!) viral campaign that will raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Here’s what you need to know:
Each time you head on over to to indulge your virtual sweet tooth and build a banana split, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (up to $40k). In addition to doing good – you’ll be entered for a chance to win the daily prize, $50 toward sweet summer treats, AND the grand prize – the ultimate kitchen “split” – the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux. (Having had my fridge conk out literally days before this event, I was drooling at the beautiful, shiny new one featured…a girl can dream!)

I’ve already submitted mine for today…chocolate was my theme. 😉 What’s yours?