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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

2/19 Shoot4Cash

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  2/19 Shoot4Cash The Mustangs came to the court to try their hand (or should we say hooves?) at the Shoot4Cash halftime show! We held our fourth Shoot4Cash event at the Crimson Cliffs High School vs. Snow Canyon High School game on February 19th, where we gave away a total of  $1,250  to three Crimson Cliffs clubs.  We love supporting our St. George clubs and basketball teams!  Here is a recap of which Mustangs won money during the show: Cheer  – $500 Color Guard  – $250 Drill  –  $500 Watch Drill score $500 with no problem at all and  18 seconds to spare: Watch Cheer make their $500 half-court shot just as the buzzer went off: Watch as Color Guard earned $250 for their club: We can still feel the energy from the room!  We couldn't believe just how easy the Mustangs made the Shoot4Cash challenge look.  Dare we say it's as engaging as watching the actual basketball game?  This is the most money we have given in one night during this season.  So far we have awarded $3,500  this

2/12 Shoot4Cash

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  2/12 Shoot4Cash It's time for the Warriors' stab at the Shoot4Cash challenge! We held our third Shoot4Cash event at the Snow Canyon High School vs. Dixie High School game on February 12th, where we gave away a total of  $600  to three clubs.  We love supporting our local clubs and basketball teams.  Here is a recap of which Snow Canyon clubs won money during the show: Girls' Basketball – $250 Cheer  – $250 Latinos in Action  –  $100 Watch as Girls' Basketball, Latinos in Action, and then Cheer took on our Shoot4Cash challenge: We can still feel the excitement!  It's always a nail-biter to watch how much each club can win.  Dare we say it's as engaging as watching the actual basketball game? Stay tuned for our next Shoot4Cash event on  February 19th  at Crimson Cliffs High School, where three Crimson Cliffs clubs will shoot for their own chance to win $500 each.  Can they beat what Pine View , Dixie , and Snow Canyon have won this season? Read about our previo

2021 Parade of Homes

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  2021 Parade of Homes Stephen Wade Auto Center is at the 31st St. George Area Parade of Homes !   As always, we are proud to be a part of this event and happy to see it return in 2021 with attendees' safety in mind .  We were also a sponsor of the 2020 Parade of Homes, where there were thirty houses to commemorate thirty years of the event.  You can read about the 2020 event here . Whether taking a virtual tour of the homes or viewing them in-person, you will see a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GT AMG® GT 63—courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of St. George —in the garage of Home #27: The Resolute .  The AMG® GT 63 is a four-door coupe built on the foundation of incredible driving performance.   Like how builders have meticulously crafted the homes during this event, passionate Mercedes-AMG engineers created this vehicle with the utmost consideration and highest standard for their art.  Being placed in an AMG® is a matchless experience that other automakers cannot replicate. Now, on to the home pai

2/10 Shoot4Cash

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  2/10 Shoot4Cash We're just getting warmed up! We held our second Shoot4Cash event at the Dixie High School vs. Crimson Cliffs High School game on February 10th, where we gave away a total of  $650 .  We love supporting our local clubs and basketball teams.  Here is a recap of which Dixie clubs won money: Jetettes  – $500 Boys' Tennis  – $100 Swim Team  –  $50 Watch the Jetettes make every shot and win $500: Watch the Boys' Tennis team shoot to win $100: Watch the Swim Team shoot to win $50: Stay tuned for our next Shoot4Cash event on  February 12th  at Snow Canyon High School, where three Snow Canyon clubs will shoot for their own chance to win $500 each.  Can they beat what  Pine View  and Dixie have won this season? Read about our previous Shoot4Cash show  here , where we gave away $1,000 in total to Pine View Track, Boys' Soccer, and Band. Shoot4Cash Event Dates Jan 29th  – Pine View High School (PVHS) vs. Crimson Cliffs High School (CCHS) Hosted at PVHS Feb 10th

1/29 Shoot4Cash

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1/29 Shoot4Cash Shoot4Cash is back! We held our first Shoot4Cash event at the Pine View High School vs. Crimson Cliffs High School game on January 29th, where we gave away a total of $1,000 .  We love supporting our local clubs and basketball teams.  Here is a recap of which Pine View clubs won money: Track – $500 Boys' Soccer – $250 Band –  $250 Watch the excitement as the Track team won $500! Aaand, last but not least, watch the Boys' Soccer and Band clubs score $250 each! Stay tuned for our next Shoot4Cash event on February 10th  at Dixie High School, where three Dixie clubs will shoot for their own chance to win $500 each. Read our 2020 Shoot4Cash Wrap-Up  here  where we reflect on last year's basketball season and how much we gave away to clubs through Shoot4Cash. Shoot4Cash Event Dates Jan 29th  – Pine View High School (PVHS) vs. Crimson Cliffs High School (CCHS) Hosted at PVHS Feb 10th  – Dixie High School (DHS) vs. CCHS Hosted at DHS Feb 12th  – Snow Canyon High

2021 Shoot4Cash Halftime Show

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  2021 Shoot4Cash Stephen Wade Auto Center  is pleased to partner with  Canyon Media  to be a part of Shoot4Cash this basketball season again!  We gave away an incredible $7,300 last year to local clubs and can't wait to see if we can beat that amount this season.  Our first Shoot4Cash event will be held on January 29th . Awarding $1,700 to CCHS sports, clubs, and organizations (Mar. 2020) Read our 2020 Shoot4Cash Wrap-Up here . Shoot4Cash Event Dates Jan 29th  – Pine View High School (PVHS) vs. Crimson Cliffs High School (CCHS) Hosted at PVHS Feb 10th  – Dixie High School (DHS) vs. CCHS Hosted at DHS Feb 12th  – Snow Canyon High School (SCHS) vs. DHS Hosted at SCHS Feb 17th  – Desert Hills High School (DHHS) vs. DHS Hosted at DHHS Feb 19th  – CCHS vs. SCHS Hosted at CCHS What  is  Shoot4Cash? Shoot4Cash is a halftime show held at local high school Boys' Basketball games.  Three participants have a chance to make as many as four progressively longer shots within a 30-second ti

Grants for Bloomington Elementary Teachers

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  Grants for Bloomington Elementary Teachers Stephen Wade Auto Center is excited to donate to the Washington County School District Foundation .  We joined businesses Paparazzi Accessories and Tom's Mechanical on January 20th to present awards at Bloomington Elementary , where all teachers applied for a grant.  Each teacher received a $500 check, a Bundt cake, and a $25 Paparazzi gift certificate; funds will be used toward classroom supplies, from books to activity sheets.  Educators typically spend their own money on such items, and we believe they deserve to purchase the best materials for their students without worrying about the cost.  Teachers at Bloomington were awarded $14,400 in total for their classrooms. In 2021, the Washington County School District Foundation has awarded $353,000 to local schools so far.  This year is also a special occasion for the Foundation:  not only is the organization celebrating its tenth anniversary, but it will award its millionth dollar this

2020 Wish Tree Wrap-Up

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  2020 Wish Tree Wrap-Up Stephen Wade Auto Center  is partnering with  Washington County School District ,  Youth Futures , and  SwitchPoint  to give back to those in need in our community.  Every December, we invite you to help us give to those in need with our Wish Tree campaign. Giving is simple: Come to any Stephen Wade dealership Grab a Gift Tag off of the Wish Tree Purchase the item described Bring it back to the dealership We are excited to share the results of the Wish Tree event.  Here is a quick wrap-up featuring Public Relations Director Jamie Bahlmann: Together, as of January 20, 2021 , we donated 127 Coats/Hoodies 309 Pairs of Socks 68 Blankets 6 Sleeping Bags 16 Pairs of Gloves 3 Pairs of Pajamas 2 Warm Hats 2 Stuffed Teddy Bears $290 in Gift Cards ...and counting!  Southern Utah donated an estimated  $5,975.00 worth of items to the Washington County School District. We couldn't do this without the amazing people of Washington County.  Thank you, Southern Utah, for h

#OneUtah Food Drive: Wrap-Up

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#OneUtah Food Drive:  Wrap-Up Stephen Wade Auto Center is a proud sponsor of the #OneUtah Food Drive initiative organized by the Utah Inaugural Commission .  511,00 Utahns experience hunger each day, and you can help. In partnership with Washington County School District and Little Valley Pickleball Courts , #OneUtah held a food drive at our local high schools on December 19th.  Donations included non-perishable food donations as well as much-needed hygiene items.  We are now pleased to share the results of the drive with you! Together, Utah collected 17,000 lbs. of food to provide over 800,000 meals to those in need.  For Southern Utah, 20,838 lbs., or twenty-two pallets, of food were collected; this is the number of pallets that a semi-truck and trailer would hold.  This drive will provide Southern Utah families in need with 17,357 meals! Thank you, Utah, for fighting against hunger, and thank you , Southern Utah, for helping those in need in our community!