Thunder, Devon Honor Community Hero from Weatherford

Deb Hanson, Sweetness Factory helping to fight childhood hunger in western Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – The Oklahoma City Thunder and Devon Energy partnered to honor Weatherford resident Deb Hanson as the Devon Community Hero for March. Hanson, who has been helping to fight childhood hunger while battling her own health issues, was recognized on the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena during Sunday’s Thunder vs. Utah Jazz game.

While coping with both lupus and cancer, Hanson turned her focus and spirit toward battling food insecurity among children in her community. The western Oklahoma resident directs all of the profits from her Sweetness Factory cupcake shop to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program.

In just over one year, those profits have been used to provide 25,000 meals for children in that part of the state.

Devon Energy’s Weatherford field office frequently purchases cupcakes from Hanson’s shop, donating them to local emergency responders and youth organizations.

Representatives from the Thunder and Devon were on hand to present Hanson with her award, following a video presentation telling the story of her heroic work.

ABOUT THE DEVON COMMUNITY HERO AWARD: Created in 2008, the Devon Community Hero Award honors the strong spirit of Oklahomans and our willingness to pitch in when friends, neighbors or even strangers need our help. The Thunder and Devon Energy recognize an outstanding individual or group each month throughout the season for their contributions to our community. The program aims to recognize a variety of people, from well-known Oklahomans to everyday heroes, highlighting the unique contributions they have made. For a list of previous honorees, visit the Community section of THUNDER.NBA.COM.