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B'nai B'rith Great American Traditions Award Dinner Honoring Jim Gabbert

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B'nai B'rith, the world's oldest and largest service organization, will honor Jim Gabbert, CEO of Minneapolis headquartered Gabberts Furniture and Design Studio, with the Great American Traditions Award at a dinner to be held in his honor on May 20. The award is bestowed upon individuals who have not only served their communities, but have also set standards of excellence in their professional endeavors. Jim was selected by a committee of B'nai B'rith members in Minneapolis and then confirmed by B'nai B'rith International in Washington, D.C. A native of Minnesota, Jim joined the family business in 1975 upon graduating from Colorado College. Four years later he left the company to found Games by James, a quality game store. In 1980 Jim returned to Gabberts as President. From 1987 to 1995 Jim served as the company's President, CEO and Chairman of the Board overseeing the Minneapolis, Dallas and Fort Worth stores and more than 600 associates. In 1995 he appointed the Vice President of the Texas Market to the position of President while Jim retained the titles of CEO and Chairman of the Board. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Home Furnishings Association. In addition, he was a founding member of the Home Furnishings Council and serves on their Board of Directors and as Co-chair of the council. Jim is a United Way volunteer and a member of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis and Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina. He and his wife, Barb, have four children and reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The B'nai B'rith Great American Traditions Award Dinner honors many of our country's outstanding leaders and also serves as a means of support for B'nai B'rith humanitarian causes and educational services. The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and the Hillel Foundation on college campuses throughout the world provide teens and young adults with the skills they need to become active leaders in their communities. Establishing senior citizen housing for thousands of people of all denominations and creating funds to assist the families of victims of the TWA plane crash and the Oklahoma City bombing are just a few of the myriad programs B'nai B'rith has fostered over its 155 year history. The Great American Traditions Award Dinner honoring Jim Gabbert will be held May 20, at the Marriott Hotel City Center in Minneapolis. For dinner reservations or advertising opportunities, please call 612-823-6560. Or call Lois in Jim Gabbert's office at 612-9271508.

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