Liz Youngmayer Hand ’82 Needs Your Banana Vote

Update: Liz Youngmayer Hand ’82 won this contest in August. Thank you for your support.

Liz Youngmayer Hand ’82, Food and Nutrition, is asking IUP alumni to vote for her submission in the Latrobe Banana Split Jingle Contest. Enjoy “A Latrobe Hit (Banana Split)” on YouTube.

The town of Latrobe, Pa., has been declared the national marker for the “Home of the Banana Split.” In 1904, David Evans Strickler invented the banana split at Strickler’s Pharmacy. To celebrate this, the Latrobe Art Center is holding the Latrobe Banana Split Jingle Contest, in which musical performers and composers have the chance to create a jingle that represents Latrobe as the birthplace of this sweet sundae.

The top ten submissions will be posted on the Latrobe Art Center’s website on Monday, July 22. Individuals can vote for their favorite jingle through August 17. The winning jingle will be announced on Monday, August 19, and declared Latrobe’s Banana Split Theme Song. The winner will perform at the Latrobe Art Center’s Yellow Tie Gala and at the Latrobe Art Center’s Sock Hop during the weekend of the Banana Split Fest, August 23–24.

Liz is an assistant manager at Klavon’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh. "If you're ever in the Strip District at 2801 Penn Ave., we have an old fashioned 1920’s ice cream parlor and soda shop."

This is her first advertising jingle. "I am working on my next jingle while starting this job and trying to win the Latrobe Banana Split Jingle Contest. I have been a recruiter for all disciplines, whether technical, non-technical, foods, or manufacturing for the past 15 years. I did, however, decide to go back to my roots and my love of food and nutrition."