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Step One Fest a Success with over 2,000 People in Attendance

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, Step One Automotive Group invited the entire community to celebrate its fifth anniversary, and over 2,000 people attended. Step One Fest was the company's way of saying THANKS to team members and their families, partners, and the community after five years of service, growth, forging new friendships, team accomplishments, and "stepping together." Step One Fest featured live music, food trucks, non-profit organization booths, and a kid's zone complete with a touch-a-truck exhibit. 

“What an amazing day for all of us at Step One. We were so excited to share five years of success, growth, and community involvement with our partners, customers, and team members. Without them, none of this would be possible.” - Maureen Bierman, Director of Marketing and Communications of Step One Automotive Group.

The company spent its first five years working on community projects and partnerships with a long-lasting impact. Over 20 nonprofits set up booths and engaged with the public. Many organizations were elated with the opportunity to share charitable missions, connecting with future members and donors, and forging new partnerships themselves.

"It is wonderful to be involved with a company like Step One that appreciates the community and supports our nonprofit." - Nancy Bown, Dog-Harmony
"Having a partner like Step One is critical to our nonprofit success. Step One supports our mission which is to provide clothing for 400 students in 31 elementary schools." - Julie Kauffman, Junior League of the Emerald Coast
"Step One is all about connecting our community to resources and being a driver for innovation and education. They have been a game-changer. " for our youth and the airman in our community." - Amanda Negron, HSU Education Foundation
"Step One Fest allows us to be in the community sharing about our animals and programs. We love it!" - Jacie Chandler, Emerald Coast Science Center 
"The Emerald Coast is a special place to live; it's like one big family. Step One is a huge piece of this community, and we are honored to lock arms with them." - Bobby Payne, Special Operators Transition Foundation

In a special presentation, Evan Williams Bourbon honored Healing Paws for Warriors Founder Mike Arena as one of its "American-Made Heroes". Afterward, Arena signed bourbon labels featuring his likeness and story.

"Without dedicated members of our community who have outreached support to us, we would not be able to continue. Step One stepped in to sponsor our dogs and us!" - Mike Arena, Healing Paws for Warriors

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