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``Famous Dave'' Anderson to be Featured on ``The Oprah Winfrey Show''

March 28, 2002 at 1:50 PM EST

Anderson to Receive Grant from Oprah's Angel Network for his "LifeSkills Center for Leadership" Charitable Organization

Famous Dave Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) will be honored for his charitable work on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and will receive a $25,000 grant from Oprah's Angel Network for his non-profit organization, "The LifeSkills Center for Leadership," which provides leadership training for disadvantaged youth. The show airs nationally on Monday, April 1. Check local listings.

Anderson, a Choctaw/Chippewa Native American, has devoted his life to making a difference in the community and in lives of others less fortunate. He founded the "LifeSkills Center for Leadership" in 2000, with the mission of empowering and inspiring at-risk youth to reach their ultimate potential and to turn today's challenges into tomorrow's opportunities. The LifeSkills Center for Leadership team holds training seminars for disadvantaged youth, teaching them leadership and communication skills through team building exercises and giving youth the tools to build self-awareness and confidence. Famous Dave today is one of the most successful Native American businessmen in America, and his story of his road to success is inspirational. Anderson has faced tremendous obstacles in his personal life, having overcome bankruptcy, alcohol and drug abuse and other obstacles on his way to achieving great personal and professional success.

    About The LifeSkills Center for Leadership
The LifeSkills Center for Leadership was founded in 2000 by "Famous Dave" Anderson, the Founder and Chairman of Famous Dave's of America (Nasdaq:DAVE). The mission of the LifeSkills Center is to inspire at-risk Native American youth to become healthy, confident, enthusiastic leaders in their communities. The proceeds from Dave's cookbook, "Backroads and Sidestreets" (which received the National Award of Excellence for "best new Barbecue/Grill Cookbook" from the National Barbecue Association) are donated to the LifeSkills Center for Leadership. Continuing support for the organization is funded by the Anderson family, along with donations from the community. In addition, Dave is currently completing "Famous Dave's Lessons on Life," a book about LifeSkills. For more information, visit

    About Oprah's Angel Network
Since its inception in September 1997, Oprah's Angel Network has granted scholarships to 150 students, built over 200 homes with Habitat for Humanity, and presented the "Use Your Life Award" to 44 individuals who, through their charitable organizations, are making a difference in the lives of others. For more information please visit

    About Famous Dave's
Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. The company currently owns 34 locations and franchises an additional 23 units in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Famous Dave's menu features award-winning barbecued and grilled meats, along with a large selection of salads, side items, sandwiches and desserts. For more info:

CONTACT:          Famous Dave's Of America, Minneapolis
                  Jean Golden, 952/593-0909

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