2016 Honorary Dinner Chairs


Dinner Chairs


As a couple, John and Marge Gaberino impact Tulsa through a range of philanthropic,civic, and business activities.

They grew up in Holdenville, Oklahoma and were teenage sweethearts. Marge started developing her leadership skills in high school as President of the Student Council, followed by

being elected President of her freshman class at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and honed her interest in politics and government as a Capitol Hill aide to the late Oklahoma Congressman Ed Edmondson. Marge is a Senior Member of the Junior League of Tulsa, sits on the Tulsa Town Hall Council, and has served on the Christ the King Catholic Church Parish Council and as past Women’s Club President. Together, the Gaberinos have supported various civic, educational and charitable organizations, including Operation Aware, Monte Cassino School, Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Tulsa Public School Foundation, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Historical Society and, of course, the John Hope Franklin Foundation.

John Gaberino is a shareholder in the law firm of Gable & Gotwals, which he rejoined after retiring as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of ONEOK, Inc. in 2006. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University’s College of Arts & Sciences with a degree in economics and received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School. In 1993, John received the University’s John Carroll Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus. He has been President of the Tulsa and Oklahoma bar associations, Chair of the Tulsa United Way and Tulsa Regional Metro Chamber, and currently serves on the board of the William K. Warren Foundation. He has also served on foundations for Cascia Hall, Tulsa Community College, and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. John is former Chair of the Georgetown University Board of Governors and its Law School Alumni Board. Marge and John were inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2011.

Marge and John Gaberino celebrate 51 years of marriage this year, are the parents of four daughters and one son and have 12 grandchildren.

Please join us at the 2016 Dinner of Reconciliation on November 17, 2016 at the Greenwood Cultural Center. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Dinner & Program will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Click here to register for the 2016 Dinner of Reconciliation today!