More Good Fortune for Happiness Happens



An example of the Nanas' cakes.

This just in from the women of Happiness Happens: The nine Nanas' cakes have earned even more notoriety in recent days. But first, some background.

wrote late last week that the group's Sweet Petites were included in 60 gift bags at the annual Golden Globe Awards in California. That resulted from a chance encounter between the daughter of one of the Nanas and a woman on a flight out of Memphis. The woman, Denise Vann Hekken, was so intrigued by the idea of Happiness Happens, that she told people who told people who told people, and voila!

Now, the group of surreptitious Mid-South philanthropists has been invited to supply cakes for the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Jan. 29 in Los Angeles and for "Taste of the NFL: Party With a Purpose" during Super Bowl weekend. That event on Feb. 4 brings together NFL players and other celebrities to raise money for food banks nationwide. The cakes are prepared in a Memphis restaurant belonging to the son of one of the Nanas. And, needless to say, these are some yummy cakes indeed.

Take it from someone who's eaten way too much of one — it's not surprising these baked goods are catching on in high places. Besides, it's beautiful to see some recognition for a group of people who have devoted more than 30 years and who-knows-how-many personal dollars to helping the less fortunate in the local community. Congrats, ladies! Keep that ball rolling.

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