• Kellie Pickler to headline Great American Banana Split Celebration concert S&T Bank to present

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    April 20, 2016
    She was a winner on Dancing with the Stars, a contestant on American Idol and now has her own reality television show.
    She’s cute, blonde and perky. She has an enthusiasm for life and for her career that is contagious.
    Meet Kellie Pickler, the concert headliner for the 2016 Great American Banana Split Celebration.
    The 29-year-old native of North Carolina will perform Saturday night, Aug., 27 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium as the centerpiece event of the Valley Dairy Great American Banana Split Celebration presented by Excela Health, which is produced by a partnership with the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce and the City of Latrobe.
    “We are certainly nothing less than elated in having a national act such as Kellie Pickler as our concert headliner,” said Don Orlando, chairman of the GLLV board of directors and director, public relations at Saint Vincent College. “She’ll be consistent with the plans we have for increasing the level of the Great American Banana Split Celebration from last year.” The Great American Banana Split Celebration concert was started when the GLLV Chamber took the reins on the event.
    The concert will be presented by S&T Bank. “Supporting our local communities has always been a part of our mission,” said John Kline, Senior Vice President of S&T Bank. “Helping to grow the Banana Split Celebration by presenting Kellie Pickler, allows us to do our part.”
    "I am extremely excited to have Kellie as our headlining act to say the least,” said Bob Demangone, chairman of the concert committee which is responsible for bringing the act to Latrobe.  “She is a very talented artist and entertainer. Her involvement is priceless and I am thankful she has agreed to be a part of this year's event. This concert is going to have a lot of new additions to enhance the overall experience for every ticket holder. Add in Kellie's talent, energy, and personality, and this concert is going to be a lot of fun."
    Pickler grabbed national attention with a strong run on American Idol in 2006 and became one of America’s sweethearts when she and partner Derek Hough danced their way to a DWTS title. In between, she has released four albums, performed at hundreds of concerts and continues to grow an ever-expanding fan base.
    The media latched onto her and she has appeared on Good Morning America, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Tonight Show, Today, and baseball’s All-Star Game.
    “Announcing ‘S&T Bank presents Kellie Pickler LIVE at Memorial Stadium’ is really thrilling, not just for the event, but for Latrobe. Teaming up with S&T Bank and being able to grow the concert to a new level truly impacts the Banana Split Celebration, and it’s just the first big surprise up our sleeves,” said Allen Martello, director of marketing & events at the GLLV Chamber.
    She’s made more than a half-dozen USO Tours and has been involved in charitable endeavors like the American Lung Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Cancer Society and the Wounded Warrior Project.
    “We couldn’t be happier that Kellie has agreed to headline this year’s concert. The enthusiasm that follows her is going to add a lot to the overall event,” said Michael Simons, Chairman of the 2016 Great American Banana Split Celebration committee, and general manager of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Latrobe. “The work that Bob and his committee have put in to making this possible has been tremendous, having S&T Bank as a part of the event is truly wonderful, and we are all really excited.”
    Pickler was born in Ablemarle, North Carolina, a city of under 20,000 in the western part of the state. She grew up in a small-town atmosphere and that experience has provided a solid basis for a career that is on the rise.
    “She’ll be a great entertainer,” Demangone commented, “We’re catching her as her career is taking off. We’ll be able to say we saw Kellie Pickler, right here in Latrobe!”
    She also is entering the second year of I Love Kellie Pickler, a hit reality television show on the Country Music Television (CMT) network.
    “I saw her TV show and I really enjoyed it. She is truly entertaining,” said Demangone. “Not only is she a talented country music artist, but she actively supports the USO, and other worthy causes. What really won me over was her energy and personality.”
    Kellie has said, “My life is a country song.” Many of her songs reflect that - who she is, where she’s been, where she is at the present and what’s she going through.
    More information about S&T Bank presents Kellie Pickler LIVE at Memorial Stadium can be found at www.bananasplitfest.com. S&T Bank customers should watch for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity. Ticket sales are scheduled to go public at the end of April. For regular updates about the Valley Dairy Great American Banana Split Celebration presented by Excela Health, follow the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/BananaSplitFest.
    About Kellie Pickler:
    Kellie Pickler has established herself as both one of today's most well-known country music artists and one of the nation's favorite television personalities. At the age of 19, she gained fame as a finalist on the fifth season of "American Idol" and has since released four country albums all to critical acclaim, proving she is both a powerful vocalist and an equally strong songwriter. In 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on "Dancing with the Stars." Currently, she is the star of the successful CMT docu-comedy series "I Love Kellie Pickler," now shooting its second season.  Kellie is also an avid supporter of the U.S. Military, having completed eight USO Tours.
    Allen Martello, Director of Marketing & Events
    allen@gllv.org, (724) 537-2671