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"When a great man dies, for years the light
he leaves behind him, lies on the path of men."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, Once Upon a Hero became an official, non-profit organization in January, 2013. Our organization was inspired by the heroic and selfless acts of Don Spillane, who lost his life in May, 2010 while trying to rescue a young girl who had fallen over a waterfall at McConnells Mill State Park in Pennsylvania.

The organization's mission is to hold fundraising events for a good cause. With the commitment of a team of volunteers and the support of donors and sponsors, we will bring together the community and, through their generosity, raise money to help a local family or individual in need. View past beneficiaries

It is our hope that the light Don left behind lies on our path as we begin this journey of "paying it forward," and that his memory continues to live on and inspire others.


 Thank you for visiting our website!
          – The Spillane Family



Board of Directors

Dawn Spillane Hack – President Chris Bach
Dana Spillane Bach – Vice President Pat Fickley
Jenna Kratsas
Ginny Milne
Lauren Nussbaumer
Craig Pracht
Tina Pracht
Chuck Spagnolo
Donna Spillane



Once Upon a Hero • P.O. Box 2234 • Cranberry Township, PA 16066 • 724.996.7019

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