• This Month with Step One Automotive Group - October 2021

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    October 04, 2021
    Step One Automotive Group is delivering our monthly news straight to your inbox! We're covering upcoming events, recaps from the previous month, and all things Step One.
    Step One Automotive Group is an American company based in Northwest Florida that was built on a singular dedication to empowering lives through smarter and easier ways of accessing mobility. With over 22 dealerships in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, representing 16 brands including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Volkswagen, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai, Genesis, Ford, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. Please visit www.steponeautomotive.com or find Step One Automotive Group on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.
    American Legion Riders Chapter 382 is hosting the first Challenge 22 Walk & Ride in Navarre on Saturday, October 2nd. This event is raising funds and awareness to end veteran suicide. Some of our Step One team members will be riding their motorcycles in the 22 mile ride. 
    Learn more about how you can help or attend this event by clicking the button below.
    Step One Automotive Group will be at Dog Daze! What is Dog Daze you ask? Organized by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce with the support of Friendship Veterinary Hospital and Okaloosa Gas, Dog Daze is a fun community event that supports dozens of rescue organizations, veterinarian clinics, dog trainers and groomers, and more. 
    Dog Daze is a full day of fun for all dogs (over 6 months old), and people who love dogs.
    The Fort Walton Beach Police Department will host a National Night Out event on Tues., Oct. 5, 2021, at Chester Pruitt Park in Fort Walton Beach located at 8 Harbeson Ave. NE from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    The public is invited to join the department for this annual community-building event that enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. The carnival-themed event is free and will include food from local vendors, music, games and activities for kids, and a Community vs. First Responder kickball game.
    Jeepalooza is BACK! Step One Automotive Group is proud to power Jeepalooza on the Island, one of the largest Jeep events on the Emerald Coast. This four day event starts Thursday, October 7th and runs through Sunday, October 10th. The Skallywags Jeep Krewe has jumped on board to build Jeepalooza 2021 into an amazing four day event! You can enjoy a huge lineup of entertainment and fun throughout the week.
    Are you ready to rock?! Mitch Malloy’s VH Experience Powered by Step One Automotive Group – A Concert Celebrating the Music of Eddie Van Halen is right around the corner.
    Tickets for the October 9 concert experience at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, FL available now at www.MitchMalloy.com
    Subaru Loves Pets Annual Pet Adoption Event! Since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption, and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country.
    Subaru Fort Walton Beach has taken this a step further by hosting a monthly pet adoption event benefiting Saving with Soul Pet Rescue of NW Florida. Don't miss out on the biggest Subaru Pet Adoption Event of the year, happening on Saturday, October 23 starting at 10AM.Text Link
    On Saturday, October 23, The Market Shops will host its Sixth Annual Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity – Walton County. The annual event, powered by Step One Automotive Group, will feature unlimited tastes of South Walton’s most creative and innovative bloody marys made with Distillery 98’s Dune Laker Vodka and served by the finest restaurants and bars on the Emerald Coast.
    The Okaloosa/Walton Heart Walk is back, and you won’t want to miss it! We are bringing you a one-of-a-kind experience to join together with friends, family and colleagues to get moving and focusing on improved health, all while helping to defeat heart disease and stroke. 
    Join Crestview Cars and Coffee for a unique car show on Saturday, November 6th.
    Hosted at Holt drag strip with a hot track to run some 1/8th mile times. Entrance fee is $30 and the track is hot until 08:00pm. Car show drawing ends at 02:00Pm.
    Step One Automotive Group is ready for another concert at The Gulf Restaurant on The Island! Cole Swindell will be performing on Saturday, November 6th.Concert starts at 6PM and goes until 10PM.
    VIP Gates open at 3 PM and this is an all-ages event.
    General Admission in Advance | $45
    General Admission Day of Concert | $50
    VIP Passes are Available – LIMITED | $150
    Our Annual Military Appreciation Month event honors our Active Duty military personnel and veterans. Honorary teams representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard compete against each other for the Fairways to Freedom Cup and bragging rights.
    Tournament is open to the public and welcomes all teams. We are accepting sponsors and team registration NOW!
    Mark your calendars for November 5, 2021! We will see you at Scenic Hills Country Club!
    Harvest Wine & Food Festival is back this November in WaterColor for four days of epicurean excellence that is sure to delight both wine and culinary enthusiasts alike.
    This year’s event will feature wine dinners, the return of our famous Grand Tasting, and much more.
    The Emerald Coast is home to the nation’s 3rd largest veteran population per capita and thousands of first responders. Step One has partnered to help support the special individuals who help keep our community safe.
    On November 12 and 13th, 2021 the Emerald Coast Honor Games partners will host a weekend of fun, camaraderie and competition to raise funds for our beneficiaries.
    Whiskey and War Stories
    Step One Automotive Group had the pleasure of hosting the truly inspirational Whiskey & War Stories presented by Will Summers from Horse Soldier Bourbon on the evening of Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at The Place on Beal in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Will is one of the 12 soldiers from U.S. Army Special Operations team (ODA595) who overthrew Taliban stronghold of Mazar-i-Sharif, while riding horseback through the inhospitable, mountainous terrain of Northern Afghanistan in the first days after the 9/11 attacks earning them the nickname "Horse Soldiers".
    Hops For Hounds
    Step One Automotive Group had a tail waggin' good time at Dog Harmony's 4th Annual Hops for Hounds at Destin Commons on Sunday, September 12th! Event attendees sampled beers from nine breweries at each of the murals while strolling through the Commons with their pups. This was the most successful event to date! The proceeds from Hops for Hounds directly support humane education and positive dog training programs in our community.
    Emerald Coast Wrestling Championship was a SMACK DOWN on Saturday September 11th! Attendees were able to meet Southern Wrestling Legend Action Mike Jackson and watch many famous wrestling stars. Step One Automotive Group is happy to sponsor this local favorite!
    Step One Automotive Group was proud to sponsor the commemoration event hosted by Fort Walton Beach Engine 6 for the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Many of our team members attended this event. We were honored to invite Battalion Chief Stone and members of his crew to attend our Whiskey & War Stories event later in the month. At Step One Automotive Group, we will never forget.
    Okaloosa Pro Rodeo
    Our Step One Automotive Group Team had such a great time at the Okaloosa Pro Rodeo on Saturday, September 25th! Our team enjoyed the full rodeo experience Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Bull Riding, and MORE thanks to J.C. Kitaif Productions! 
    40 Under 40 Emerald Coast
    Our very own Kilane Garrett, Account Executive, was nominated and chosen as one of United Way's 40 Under 40 Class of 2021! United Way Emerald Coast’s Emerging Leaders inaugural 40 Under 40 awards, powered by Step One Automotive Group, seeks to recognize Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders excelling in the areas of leadership, community involvement, and professional accomplishment.
    Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike
    Step One Automotive Group sponsored the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike. "We bring Veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide!" The hike took place at The Island by Hotel RL on Saturday, September 25th.
    FORT WALTON BEACH, FL. (October 1, 2021) –Step One Automotive Group is making it our mission to Drive Out Breast Cancer! October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help generate awareness, Step One will be attending local events in our new Jeep Grand Cherokee L wrapped in PINK! Our goal is to collect 5,000 signatures from community members who have experienced the depths of breast cancer, whether it be personally or through a loved one. For each signature our PINK Jeep gets, we will donate up to $5,000 to St. Joseph`s/Candler Telfair Mammography Fund. The goal of St. Joseph's/Candler's Telfair Mammography Fund is to ensure all women have access to mammography and breast health services, regardless of whether they are uninsured or underinsured. 
    Continue reading about Step One's plans to Drive Out Breast Cancer at www.steponeautomotive.com/blog.
    Step One Local Heroes, South Savannah
    Step One Automotive Group is proud to be part of our great Savannah Community!
    We would like to invite military, first responders, medical workers to join us for the 25th Grab & Go Meals for Local Heroes event on October 8 from 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. . During the event we will present our October Step One Local Hero!
    We give back to our community throughout the year: serving meals to local heroes, supporting military, veterans, arts and education programs and organizations. Bayou Cafe food truck will be at CDJRF South Savannah from 11am-2pm.
    Be A Heart Hero
    The American Heart Association Heart Walk is just around the corner! Step One Automotive Group has pledged to raise $15,000 by October 30th and we need your help. Join our Heart Walk Team and start raising funds for innovative research that leads to new treatments and cures surrounding heart disease and stroke.
    Join our Step One Event Team
    Join our Step One Event Team!
    Our Step One Automotive Team is growing! We have a full list of events for the rest of 2021 and we are looking to add enthusiastic people to our team. If you are energetic, enjoy talking with people of our community, and love attending fun, local events - this is the position for you!
    Darra Flanagan, Event Manager
    dflanagan@steponeauto.com, (919) 889-9506