Debbie Gaby was co-founder and President of Sleep America for 20 years. Before being purchased in January 2015, Sleep America had become the largest mattress retailer in Arizona with 46 locations throughout the state. Her company was also voted The Best Place to Work by Phoenix Business Journal both in 2005 and 2008.
Right before the opening of her very first store, Debbie coordinated Sleep America’s efforts to positively impact the community. She created the Mattress Recycling Program with St. Vincent de Paul to keep consumers’ used mattresses out of landfills.
In 2004, Debbie co-founded Sleep America Charities, dedicated to improving the quality of life for others by providing assistance, support and other resources to local charities. Debbie Gaby and her Charities supported over 1000 different organizations throughout the years. The eighth biennial Celebrity Catwalk for Charity held in November 2013 raised over $175,000 for deserving charities in the state of Arizona.
Recently Debbie has been the Ambassador for Camp Soaring Eagle, a non-profit organization in Arizona that provides medically safe camping programs for children with serious illnesses and their families.
In March 2015, Debbie received the “Florence Crittenton Visionary Award”, following the “Positively Powerful Woman Award” by TRIAD West Incorporation and the “Florence Crittenton Hope Award”, both received in 2013. She also received the “Phoenician Humanitarian Award” by TMG Entertainment, and the “Hope Inspirational Award” from Camp Soaring Eagle in the same year.
Debbie chaired Florence Crittenton’s Heels for Healing Diva Dash in September 2013 and 2014, and was the co-chair of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Dine with Your Dog fundraiser for two years (2011/2012).
Both in 2012 and 2010, Debbie Gaby won the title of “The Most Influential in Valley Nonprofit” from Arizona Foothills Magazine following months of online voting by the general public. In 2008, Debbie received “Woman of the Year Award” for Women of Scottsdale, and was inducted into the House of Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
In January 2007, Debbie was honored to co-chair Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s second inaugural committee, co-emceeing the inaugural reception with broadcaster Hugh Downs. Debbie and her family received the “Philanthropist of the Year Award” from CCF and Florence Crittenton. She also served as Chair of the Major Gifts Committee for the Phoenix Zoo’s campaign which raised $20 Million to significantly upgrade their facilities.
Debbie co-chaired Sojourner Center’s 11 million-dollar Home Stretch Capital Campaign in 2006, and received the “World of Community Service Award” from the Girl Scouts of Arizona. In addition, she served as Vice Chairwoman of Florence Crittenton Center’s Capital Campaign and in appreciation a garden was named in her honor. Banner of Hope honored her with the “Hope Award”, the YWCA named Debbie as “The Business Leader of the Year”, and Working Women Magazine honored her for “Entrepreneurial Excellence” that same year.
She also received the 2000 “Golden Heart of Business Award”, “Arthritis Awareness Award”, “Vera Beaton Volunteer Award”, and the 1999 “Spirit of Philanthropy Award” and “Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Woman of Distinction Award”.
Prior to co-founding Sleep America in Arizona, Debbie was a top Realtor in the state of Texas for over fifteen years. Besides her efforts to assist people getting a good night’s sleep, protecting the environment or inspiring others to give back to the community, she has been guided by her passion to help others improve their quality of life. Debbie enjoys motivating women through her many speaking engagements.
Currently serving as President and Founder of Debbie Gaby Charities, she also serves on other boards and advisory agencies for community activities such as Phoenix Suns Charities, UMOM, Florence Crittenton and The Salvation Army. She is also a Certified Fairy Godmother for Make-A-Wish.
Debbie lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband and two dogs Ziggy and Banks, both Therapy Dogs for Gabriel’s Angels.