Above: Right: Nena Shook, owner of Main St. Sweets & Decor in Dumas, works on baking 1,100 cupcakes for an Amarillo luncheon. Her daughter, Kammie Hanna, and a friend, Christen Schuman, not pictured, helped.

Beginning early Monday morning, three women baked and frosted 1,100 cupcakes in a Dumas store that will be served as dessert at the Downtown Women’s Center’s luncheon in Amarillo on Tuesday.

Nena Shook, owner of Main St. Sweets & Décor, donated the cupcakes to the organization that helps women recover from drug addictions after a friend told her about the event and the possibility of putting out a bid for the dessert. Shook had a better idea.

“I knew I needed to help because it’s important that I give back to the community,” Shook said. “Donating the cupcakes is just one way of returning what the community has done for me.”

Christen Schuman, who is on the Center’s auxiliary board, and Shook’s daughter, Kammie Hanna, whipped out the cupcakes with assembly line precision. Schuman and Shook were once sisters-in-law and still consider each other family, so like family, it was natural for them to be in the kitchen together, elbow deep in dough.

“We all need to do what we can to help our communities,” Shook said. “Even if it’s a cupcake.”

DSC_4050
Christen Schuman moves cupcakes from the tins to the counter.