Category Archives: Just BeCause

Our passion is making charitable contributions to help support kids and families. Helping kids is how we plan on providing for a brighter tomorrow.

Supporting the Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio

The Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success.  It includes K-12 programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. The Junior Achievement conducts online auctions to help support their programs in North Central Ohio.

For their most recent event, Bikes for Kids, Step2 has donated the Extreme Coaster to the Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio.

The Extreme Coaster is for ages 3 and up. It features rugged double-wall construction and wide built-in steps for stability. The Extreme Coaster features:

  • Extreme colors and styling
  • Non-slip step ramp allows children to push the car to the platform peak all by themselves
  • Easy-entry car allows for balanced mounting and riding
  • Smooth transition track simulates a real roller coaster hill

You can bid of Extreme Coaster from Step2 by clicking here:

Hundreds Raised for United Way in First Annual Golf Outing

Step2 held its first annual United Way Golf Outing at Raccoon Hills Golf Club Friday, June 8. The event was followed by dinner and a 50-50 raffle. A total of 36 players participated resulting in over $400 raised for the Step2 2012 United Way campaign.

CEO Jack Vresics awarded Bonnie Aquino the prize for longest drive. Jared Atkins won the closest to the pin. The winning team with a 3 under total of 33 was comprised of Matt Hellerman, John Bauman, Josh Laston and Jeff Strawn.

Special thanks to all who played and contributed to the United Way.

$10,000 Donation to Saving tiny Hearts Society

In the United States alone, one in 125 newborns suffer from a congenital heart defect (CHD), making it America’s number one birth defect. The Saving tiny Hearts Society is committed to funding CHD research, extending the lives of children born with a CHD today and those 50 years from now.

In appreciation for the efforts of the Saving tiny Hearts Society, Step2 pledged $10,000 as part of the holiday 2011 contest to support CHD research in hopes of erasing this life-threatening condition forever.

“At Step2 we are a big extended family and some of our own have been affected by Congenital Heart Defects,” said Jerry McDermott, chief marketing officer.” As part of our Just BeCause program to reach out and do something good, we are able to touch the lives of others who want their children to be well and need attention on a cause for further research and development.”

StHS donation

Our CMO Jerry along with his wife Donna delivered the $10,000 donation to Francie and Brian at the Saving tiny Hearts Society

“We’re thrilled Step2 is a member of the Saving tiny Hearts Family,” said Francie Paul, the Chairman and President of the Saving tiny Hearts Society. “This donation is funding promising CHD research in hopes of finding a cure. We are eternally grateful for their continued support.”

$3,500 Toy Donation to the Children’s Medical Center

With the holidays quickly approaching, Step2 and Invodo are proud to donate $3,500 worth of toys to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas to allow for creative role play and hours of fun for kids at the hospital and their visitors.

As a brand famous for play kitchens and real life activity spaces, the donation includes more than 40 different Step2 toys that offer numerous play experiences. The toys will help contribute to the hospital’s children’s lounge and play areas to help establish a comforting atmosphere.

Children's Medical Center Donation

Team members from both companies personally dropped off the donation on Wednesday, November 16.

Donation Team

About Invodo

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About Children’s Medical Center

Children’s is a private, not-for-profit system. It’s the seventh-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. It was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information about Children’s, please visit

Happy Veterans Day from Step2

Step2 would like to acknowledge employees’ military family members in honor of Veterans Day. Photos of loved ones who are serving or have served in a branch of the military are proudly on display in our office cafeteria today.

Step2 Military

Fallen Hero

Debbie Adrian's Father

Sherry Saltsman's Nephew

Don Wright

Step2 also honors:

  • Sara Skerl’s husband Christopher who served in the Marines and invaded Iraq in 2003 and her father Sergeant Robert Hawk who was in the US Army and served Vietnam.
  • Step2′s Jake Mohoric of the US Army Reserve
  • Rose Rigby and Judy McCoy’s niece Emily Varga of the Air Force Reserve
  • Lauren Hogue’s brother Master Sergeant Roman B. Smeiles of the Air Force
  • Neil Weinebrenner’s dad Francis of the US Army and uncle Clinton  of the US Air Force
  • James L. Christie of the Army Reserves 1976 – 1991


A Step2 Hero

Step2′s own Jared Atkins, Coordinator of International Development, was a hero last night as he rescued a woman from her burning home.

Jared and his friend were driving past the home of Constance Mellott, Emeritus professor of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, last night when they saw the fire.

“[My friend] saw the flames, and so he stopped his truck and backed it up,” Jared said in a article. “I jumped out of my car and ran into the house while he called 911.”

We commend him for his bravery and are proud to have a hero amongst us today!