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We Love Supporting Our Community

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We Love Supporting Our Community Everyone knows it's the people that make southern Utah so great.  And here at Stephen Wade , we feel the same way.  We employ your friends and neighbors, which is why we feel strongly about contributing and giving back to you:  our friends and neighbors.  When you come into any of our dealerships, we hope to form a strong relationship with you and your family.  Building and maintaining relationships are important to us at Stephen Wade, and we value the trust you put in us to help find the right vehicle for you and your family.  That is why we are actively involved in our southern Utah community.  We form strategic alliances and create key relationships with organizations to make this community better.  We have a team dedicated to supporting philanthropic efforts that serve on committees and boards and review sponsorship opportunities with business partners. Sponsoring the 42nd Art Festival Our mission is to be actively involved in recreational sport

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

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  Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Gold shovels were in the hands of key contributors, dignitaries, and donors to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument . St. George Mayor Michele Randall and City Council Members have approved a place in Historic Town Square for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. The purpose of this monument is to honor the families whose loved ones served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. The placement of The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Town Square adds to our heritage and creates an opportunity to place a legacy piece in Historic Downtown to honor the families and their loved ones. The “Gold Star” originated during World War I after being placed over a service flag’s blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The term has expanded to describe families who have experienced the loss of a service member, regardless of whether the death occurred in action. The Gold Star Famili

2021 Kite Festival

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2021 Kite Festival Stephen Wade Auto Center  is a proud sponsor of the Washington County School District and the Kite Festival .  We believe every child should have the opportunity to learn to read and write.  “We love the Dixie Power Kite Festival and the importance the festival places on encouraging reading in our schools,” says Jamie Bahlmann, public relations director for Stephen Wade Auto Center. Hundreds of Washington County children had reading calendars in their hands ready to redeem them for either a book, a kite, or a voucher to use at the 22nd Annual Dixie Power Kite Festival. Dixie Power hosted the event on Saturday, April 17th for the community to come together to enjoy food, games, kite flying, and much more.  The purpose of the Kite Festival is to encourage students to read and provide an incentive to school children in grades K-5.  The Washington County School District Foundation along with Dixie Power hosts the annual Kite Festival every year to encourage literacy i

VanFest 2021

  VanFest 2021 Stephen Wade Auto Center was excited to be a part of VanFest 2021 !  We joined #VanLife aficionados on May 8th in Hurricane at the Washington County Legacy Park, where nomads and the adventurous at heart alike toured different kinds of van builds to get started with and mingle about life on the road. VanFest is a unique, one-of-a-kind festival that captures the spirit of adventure by being held all over the United States—the organizers appropriately traveling by van themselves.  Festival attendees can tour more than 100 fully customized van and school bus conversions and gain more ideas to augment or begin their "van life" with workshops from industry professionals.  Even those who are simply interested in the lifestyle and browsing builds can attend; St. George News even considers the event the "Parade of Homes" for van life.  Influencers are welcome to meet up, and all can partake in entertainment from a full live concert by The National Parks Ba

2021 Shoot4Cash Wrap-Up

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  2021 Shoot4Cash Wrap-Up Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and, in this case, we mean Shoot4Cash.  Stephen Wade Auto Center had a fantastic time giving out cash to the clubs and organizations at our local high schools.   Here are some quick facts about this season: 5 Shoot4Cash Events Held 68 Participating/Engaging Clubs 15 Clubs Benefitting from Kicking for Cash $4,500  Awarded In Total Awarding $650 to DHS sports, clubs, and organizations We were happy that we were able to hold Shoot4Cash again this year.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there was a possibility that we might not have been able to have it return.  We knew that we still wanted to award money to the schools in our community in a fun way, but we were unsure how we would be able to do it this time since it was still uncertain how schools would follow health and safety guidelines for these events.  The Stephen Wade marketing team had even considered a different approach to Shoot4Cash, such as a virtual ev

42nd Annual St. George Art Festival

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  42nd St. George Art Festival Stephen Wade Auto Center is a proud sponsor of the 42nd annual St. George Art Festival . We were pleased to see the Festival come back this year after being canceled last year due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being unlike other years, the energy was indescribable; it was evident that many event-goers were excited to participate after the event's hiatus. The 42nd Festival was held during Easter weekend from April 2nd–3rd, from 10 am–6 pm in the Historic Town Square. Since its inception in 1980, the St. George Art Festival has been a venue for celebrating artists' craft from all over the United States. Typically over 30,000 residents and visitors from the West come to the prestigious event. Organizers selected 110 nationally known painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, and sculptors to exhibit this year, although about 250 apply every year to showcase their art and win cash prizes. Attendees enjoying the St. George A

A Much-Needed Grant for a Desert Hills Middle Teacher

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  A Much-Needed Grant for a Desert Hills Middle Teacher Stephen Wade Auto Center is a proud sponsor of the Washington County School District Foundation grant program.  We visited Desert Hills Middle School on Wednesday, February 24, to award a grant to English teacher Laura Vanderslice, who applied for $437.70.  Mrs. Vanderslice will be using this grant to purchase materials such as books for her class.  Thank you for having us over! Those who do not work in education may not know that educators typically spend their own money on their respective classes.  While teachers are provided with necessary furniture such as desks and SMART boards, they often have to pay out-of-pocket for activity sheets, notebooks, and other materials to accompany their lesson plans.  These materials may even include costly supplies such as computer software.  About 94% of U.S. teachers spend their own money on school supplies, with an average spend of $479 per year.  Unfortunately, nine out of ten teacher