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Gabby partners with adoption ministry

Sponsors annual fundraiser for Lifeline

Gabby, Alabama-based wholesaler of transitional, antique-style, and eclectic furniture and lighting, sponsored the 11th Gabby Lifeline adoption ministry sponsorannual fundraising dinner "Here's Our Heart" for Birmingham adoption ministry Lifeline.

Held in Birmingham the first Thursday night in November, the event kicked off national orphan awareness month. About 900 people attended the fundraising dinner.

Gabby announced its partnership with Lifeline last August. With Lifeline's goal to raise $300,000, the night included presentations on each of Lifeline's missions, music and a silent auction of Gabby-donated furniture and other gifts.

Gabby's financial support will further enable Lifeline to fulfill its mission of giving aid to children and families both locally and around the globe.

Krisha Yanko, development director of Lifeline, said, "Lifeline is indebted to the incredible business of Gabby. Our partnership began last year as Gabby generously supported Lifeline's fundraising efforts through donating to our silent auction at our 2012 Fundraising Dinner. We were amazed at the beautiful furniture and home accessories that were given without an 'ask' from Lifeline and knew that these additions would help us to raise significant additional funds to support Lifeline's ministry through adoption, foster care and orphan care."

Gabby's president, William White, said of the event, "This has been one of the most rewarding commitments our company has made since our inception. What better gift can a company or individual make than to support an organization that helps find Christian homes for orphans around the world. Their foster care and un-adopted programs are also a big reason why we got involved."

In attendance were White and his wife Laurie, parents Bew and Wendy White, and several staff. Bew is president of outdoor furniture company Summer Classics.

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