I have to admit that when I found out I was in charge of finding 550 cupcakes for our annual gala awards event for National Child Abuse Awareness Month, I wasn’t at all worried about it. I mean, how hard can it be to find a good-hearted baker to donate a big batch of cupcakes for a wonderful cause, AND get a ton of publicity in the meantime (our event was on the news and featured some nationally known speakers and media folks). However, that didn’t happen. In fact, even with discounts, the best bid I got was $800.
Being that I couldn’t bake myself out of a box (or better said, bake without a box) I knew I couldn’t make them myself. Miraculously, people started coming forward, volunteering to donate their time and talent to the cause. First my wonderful cousin, Tonja Brent-Figenshu stepped up and offered to make 200, then my friend Michelle Elder and her daughter Taylor, another 200! I was on to something here! Next, my facebook friend (who I now know face to face) Craig, said he’s make at least 100+….now I was in Cup Cake Heaven!
Next, my dear friend, neighbor and author, Andrea Roth said she’d make some, and another facebook friend and fellow wine-lover Melissa Haines did some too. And I can’t forget my hubby Greg who, even though not feeling well, made the beautiful batch for the guests at the head table. Check these people out! They are amazing and it really goes to show you that charity starts at home. I am so grateful to know there are people who are more than willing to do what they can to help…especially when it involves helping the kids of our nation stay out of harm’s way.
Since we had so many cupcakes left over, I am happy to report that we sent a large batch over to WyndSpring Family Resource Center so that some of our local foster kids can enjoy them this week.
I’ll include some photos here so you can see how lovely some of our big batches were. Help me thank these amazing people!!!