PA Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, 300 Community Leaders Support Gala for Autism and Developmental Disability

APRIL 7, 2016, PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and 300 business and community leaders gathered for SPIN’s Partners for Possibilities Gala at VIE on North Broad Street to support services to people with autism and developmental disability.

The gala honored four leaders, three of whom have children receiving SPIN’s services: Mr. and Mrs. Joel M. Koppelman, founder of Primavera Systems and Senior Vice-President of Oracle-Primavera; Ron Schwartz, Principal of Colonial Nissan; Dr. Geoffrey Temple of Geoffrey Temple Medical Associates, and Mrs. Catherine Haugh, a fine artist and 45 year volunteer at SPIN.


Proceeds from the gala benefit the Norcom Community Center, a SPIN program that offers wheelchair accessible fitness resources, performing arts, and assistive technology for people with disabilities and for people of all abilities in the general community. SPIN is a model for what a community service organization can be and can accomplish,” said Lieutenant Governor Stack, “That is due to its dedicated staff, and to the work of many volunteers whose help is essential. Their hard work and devotion to excellence brings to life one of the organization’s guiding principles – they help people to recognize possibilities and realize dreams.”


Other notable attendees included Bob Rovner, former State Senator and Radio host (WWDB AM Talk 860); Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, Dean of Drexel’s College of Engineering; Michelle Kornegay, international gospel artist and former background singer to Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder; Ron Schwartz, Principal of Colonial Nissan; Dina Schwartz of 90’s Russian pop group, The Rose Sisters; Tierney Kelley of Miramax Films and TKPR; and Kevin Kozlowski, Director of Tiffany and Co. Philadelphia.



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ABOUT SPIN, INC. – SPIN (pron. “Spin,” no acronym) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1970 to provide the highest quality services to people of all ages with Autism and intellectual/developmental disability. SPIN is also a leading provider of inclusive, early childhood education. SPIN is an equal opportunity employer, with over 1,000 team members from diverse backgrounds, and an equal opportunity service provider, serving over 3500 people every year in Southeastern PA and the Lehigh Valley. SPIN has been named a Top Workplace for the seventh consecutive year by and the Philadelphia Inquirer.