DuBOIS — The DuBois Area Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award is an award given annually to an individual in the community that exemplifies three key elements: Success in a chosen vocation, community involvement, and service to his or her religion, said Jaycees President Randi Johnson just before announcing Goodwill CEO Ray Donati as the 2018 winner at Saturday’s Greater DuBois Chamber’s Business Bash and Awards Ceremony.

Born on May 25, 1950, Donati is a 1972 graduate from Gannon University. After college, he became the area supervisor of Catholic Charities in DuBois until 1986. From there, he went on to become the director of Clearfield County League on Social Services until 1990. In 1990, he assumed operations of Goodwill Industries of North Central PA Inc.

On Sept. 27, 1986, Donati married his wife, Stephanie. They have one son, Nick, and a daughter-in-law, Nikeba, who live in Richmond, Va.

Johnson said Nick told her the following story.

“The first memory I have of my dad’s civil service was going to work with him at Catholic charities and sitting in this, at the time, enormous chair, and I would think how cool it was to be at work with him while he helped people. From my first experience at Catholic Charities, to watching him manage a daycare company to his earliest days at Goodwill, my father instilled the importance of helping your community. At the age of 15, my dad encouraged me to volunteer at Goodwill, where he eventually gave me the opportunity to work in many areas of the company. This allowed me to see that anything we do, when done right, can and should have a positive impact on our community. These experiences guided my way to a career in human services, and I know countless others have grown in their community involvement because of my dad.”

“He loves helping people. I have been told that around Christmas time he has been known to help Santa out from time to time by making appearances as Santa himself,” Johnson said.

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