Dawn was 26 years old when her father died while trying to save a young girl who fell over a waterfall and was drowning at McConnells Mill State Park. Dawn founded Once Upon a Hero in his honor because she wanted to inspire people the way that her Dad was an example for everyone when he selflessly and heroically passed away. "I want to be a role model for my daughter and the rest of my community as well," she says. Dawn is the President of Once Upon A Hero and is passionate about helping those in need.
Dawn also started her own company, Moments Ever After Photography, because it allows her to be creative and artistic and she loves capturing memories for others. She wishes she would have taken more pictures of everyone that she has lost over the years. She primarily shoots weddings as well as family portraits. "Some day, pictures are all you have left," she says.
Dawn also works as a Paraprofessional at a local Catholic school and she is studying to get her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Western Governers University. She loves children and hopes to have her own classroom one day soon.
She is a major animal lover and enjoys taking care of her pets, gardening, crafting and spending time with her daughter who is her pride and joy.
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.
Favorite Quote: "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 its infancy and helped with legal aspects of getting started. She now plays an important role handling all of the organization's finances.
Craig works as a production manager for an installed building products company in Cranberry Township, PA.
He is a devoted husband to his wife and better half, Tina. He loves to golf hence his roll as the golf chair with Once Upon A Hero. He also enjoys watching Penguin and 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!"
Favorite Quote: "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."
Favorite Quote: "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 is the Halloween Party Chair and does a great job for the organization in planning that event.
Favorite Quote: "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
Colin lives in Harmony, PA and is a high school Computer Science teacher, librarian and technology coach at Cranberry Area School District in Venango County. He has previously taught Music and worked as an Instructional Technology Specialist. Colin was inspired early on in life by his teachers, specifically in music and Latin. He knew that he also wanted to be a teacher and inspire others as well. He believes that he is teaching life skills to his students through daily interactions with his students as well as through the classes that he teaches.
Colin's wife, Ginny, had first joined Once Upon a Hero and Colin wanted to step up to be a contributing member as well. He has taken on the role of the Halloween Party Assistant Chair.
Additionally, Colin is a volunteer member of a co-ed community service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega. He also has his own 3D printing company and enjoys spending time with his family.
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When you donate to Once Upon a Hero, you are contributing to the health and well-being of families in western Pennsylvania who are in need. Due to the generosity of our donors, we are better able to provide these families with financial assistance for medical equipment and supplies, travel expenses for doctor's appointments and therapy or to make up for lost wages due to an accident or illness. We are grateful to the many donors who have given so generously in the past as many families have benefited immensely from your support. Please know that each gift is truly appreciated and helps ordinary people like us to do extraordinary things! Once Upon a Hero is a Section 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations are tax deductible!You may donate online via PayPal or mail donations by check made out to Once Upon A Hero and send to PO Box 2234 Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Questions? Feel free to email us on our Contact page