Dawn is the older of Don Spillane's two daughters. She was 26 years old when her father died and founded Once Upon a Hero in his honor. "I want to inspire people the way that my Dad inspired me," she says. "I want to be an example for my daughter and the rest of my community as well. Today is a day to start fresh and be who you always wanted to be. Be the change you want to see in the world."
Although Dawn is a Biology major from Allegheny College, it is her minor in Art that allows her to showcase her creativity in Photography. She started Moments Ever After Photography, which is based in Cranberry Township, PA. She primarily shoots weddings as well as family portraits.
"Don't focus on what was taken away from you, or the bad things that have happened in your life. Instead, find a way to spread the happiness and love that you have experienced and acknowledge the blessings that you have." – It's Never Too Late Movement
Chuck is a resident of Cranberry Township and is a talented musician. He has a passion for music and has played the piano for most of his life, inheriting his musical talent from his father. He is the keyboard player for a local band called the Fabulous Gunslingers who often perform at the OUAH Halloween party.
Chuck joined OUAH because he was a friend of Don's and of the Spillane family. He helps in many different ways, but his main role is in the beneficiary selection process, helping to select individuals or families in need who meet the organization's qualifications and would benefit most from the help.
"Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation. Focus on remedies, not faults." – Jack Nicklaus
Jenna is a senior accountant and registered representative, and resides in Gibsonia. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing and golfing in her free time. She also loves to travel and spend time with her children, husband, family and friends. Some of her favorite activities are singing in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church choir and watching her kids play sports.
Jenna is a part of OUAH because she believes the best way to give thanks for the blessings in her life is to help those in need. She has been with the organization since it's infancy and helped with legal aspects of getting started. She now plays an important role handling all of the organization's finances.
Craig works in the custom promotional products industry as an account manager for a company in Butler, PA. “If you can think of it, we can imprint it.”
He is a devoted husband to his wife and better half Tina, he loves to golf...hence his roll as golf chairperson with Hero. He also enjoys watching Penguin/Steeler games and enjoys as many kisses as their Jack Russell “Ella” can give him.
Craig joined OUAH to "inspire others to see that a small act of generosity on their part will help someone in crisis." He was a good friend of Don Spillane in high school and is "honored to help the family of a fallen friend keep his memory alive by doing good for others in need!"
"Everyone rises to their own level of incompetence." – Laurence J. Peter
Tina resides in Middlesex Township and is familiar with non-profit organizations as she is a former local director for the Girl Scouts of the USA, the largest non-profit organization for girls in the world. She loves to garden, read, walk, bicycle, golf and spend as much time as she can with her nieces. She enjoys the outdoors with her husband, Craig, and their beloved Jack Russell, Ella. Tina is a huge Pittsburgh sports fan, with Penguins hockey being her favorite!
Tina joined OUAH because she was "Inspired by the selfless actions of a great man," and because she "wants to inspire others to pay forward the things that we take for granted."
"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom." – Aristotle
Ginny lives in Harmony, PA, and works as an Audiologist. She enjoys cooking and baking as well as gardening. She is also a member of a co-ed community service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega. Her family and friends are very important to her and she loves spending quality time with them and just having fun.
Ginny joined OUAH because she was looking for a way to be more involved in the community and wanted to support her friends who are also members. Ginny has taken on the role of the Halloween Party Chair and does a great job for the organization in planning that event.
"I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work," – Harry S. Truman
Donna was married to Don Spillane for 27 years. Together they raised 2 daughters, Dawn Marie and Dana Rae. She is honored to be a part of Once Upon a Hero and to try to keep Don's memory alive by helping others in need.
Donna works as a marketing coordinator, specializing in web design and development, and digital signage. She resides in DuBois, PA.
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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