SPIN celebrates award to employment services team member

Star shines bright: Pictured are (from left) Mark Davis, president and CEO of PAR; Donny Rappo; Terrence McNelis, executive vice president of IDD Services of Merakey. SOURCE: SPIN INC.

Donny Rappo, who works with Special People In Northeast Inc.’s employment services team, has been selected as the Southeast Region Self Advocate Employee of the Year by Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability.

PAR is the state’s leading disability provider and advocacy association for people with autism and intellectual disability. Rappo received his award at the PAR Annual Solutions Conference, “We Are Worth It,” on Oct. 21 in Harrisburg.

Rappo began his career at United Artist theaters 20 years ago. He prioritizes customer service and happily welcomes moviegoers to the theater. He is often called upon to help train new team members during new movie events. He was recently invited to begin the supervisor training program due to his positive attitude, commitment and strong work ethic.

“Donny is proof that, regardless of your abilities, if you love what you do, it’s not just a job but a passion,” said Mark Davis, PAR president and CEO. “Thousands of adults with intellectual disability all over Pennsylvania are dedicated to their jobs like Donny, and we applaud him for his hard work.”

Rappo is frequently recognized outside of work, when movie enthusiasts stop him to say hello and share their thoughts on the latest movie experience. ••