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.
Debbie has always been dedicated to improving the quality of life for others, and right before the opening of her very first store, she coordinated Sleep America’s Mattress Recycling Program with St. Vincent de Paul to keep consumers’ used mattresses out of landfills.
In 2004, Debbie co-founded Sleep America Charities, and has supported more than 5,000 different organizations throughout the years. Her inaugural Celebrity Catwalk for Charity raised more than $175,000 for deserving causes in the state of Arizona.
Awarded the 2017 Valley Life Achievement Award, Debbie has been working to positively impact people’s lives for many years. 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.
Currently serving as President and Founder of Debbie Gaby Charities, she also sits on other boards and advisory agencies for community activities such as UMOM, Florence Crittenton and The Salvation Army.
Debbie’s passion for helping others goes beyond the charities she supports, she also mentors young girls throughout Arizona.