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Splash Up Some Love for Saving Tiny Hearts

For almost six years, Step2 has partnered with the Saving Tiny Hearts Society (StHS) to raise money  to fund research  around congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is the number one birth defect in the United States and the world, and is also the most fatal childhood disease. A child is born with CHD every 15 minutes and 100,000 of them will not survive to celebrate their first birthday.  Thousands more will not make it to adulthood.  Research can change those numbers and that is why we are committed to this cause and have been for such a long time.

Two and a half years ago, the Step2 family was also personally impacted  by CHD.  Tena the Director of Online Marketing has a son named Myles who was born with CHD. In the first seven months of Myles’ life, he underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization. Myles will have one more surgery before he is ready to go off to kindergarten.

Since learning about Myles’ diagnoses during her 20 week ultrasound, StHS has offered Tena and her family hope, support, and information about the importance of CHD research. We appreciate StHS and consider them an extension of our family at Step2.  Saving tiny Hearts has raised $2 million in last nine years for CHD research.  They have no paid employees and $0.98 of every dollar raised is put into research efforts.

Each year, we try to find new and creative ways to raise money for StHS..  In 2014, we will be donating a portion of the sales from each Tropical Island Resort to StHS. Also, the packaging of the product features a very special guest that is near and dear to our hearts – Myles! You can check him out rocking his scar on the packaging of this product along with the StHS logo.  This product is available online or in-store at Walmart.

Saving Tiny Hearts

When you decide to purchase the Tropical Island Resort you will not only be buying a splash-tastic water table for your kiddos, but you’ll also be supporting a cause to save the lives of tiny heart superheroes all over the world.

Find out more information on how you can help support this worthy cause by visiting StHS’s website.

You’re Invited to the #helpsavetinyhearts Twitter Party

#helpsavetinyhearts

Over the past five years, Step2 has had the honor of partnering with the Saving tiny Hearts Society, whose mission is to raise seed money for grossly under-funded, lifesaving grass roots research of congenital heart defects (CHDs). Step2 has happily donated over $20,000 since we began our partnership. Now, we are asking for your help.

In 2011, Jonathon Reid’s son Gus born with a heart murmur. Upon further evaluations, Gus was diagnosed with mild to severe aortic valve stenosis (AVS).  At three months old Gus underwent a balloon valvoplasty procedure that greatly improved the condition of his aortic valve and has currently stabilized him in the mild/moderate range. Shockingly, had the murmur never been detected in the hospital, they would have never known there was an issue.

Such research to detect CHDs has been made possible by non-profits such as Saving tiny Hearts. To raise money for this grossly underfunded research, Jonathon is racing in the IRONMAN Triathalon on November 2nd. His goal is $5,000 and he has already raised $3,174. Let’s help him hit his goal! After all, he will be swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running a full marathon in honor of his son, and all children born with and those who will be born with CHDs.

Join us, @thestep2company, and @SavingtinyHeart Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 1PM ET for a 1-hour #helpsavetinyhearts twitter party to help Jonathon meet his goal.  Step2 will be giving away two Doodle Art Easels, a Handy Helper’s Workbench, an Easy Turn Coupe, and Glo Buddy Turtle Night Light during the party plus bonus prizes for every $250 risen for Jonathon’s race during the party!

Retweet the following and RSVP below (an RSVP isn’t necessary, but much appreciated):

#helpsavetinyhearts Twitter Party Sweepstakes Official Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, YOU (“ENTRANT” OR “YOU”) MUST AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING.

1. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The #helpsavetinyhearts Twitter Party Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) starts on October 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM pm and ends on October 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm ET (“Sweepstakes Period”).

2. ELIGIBILITY:  Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, who have a Twitter account, and are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. All employees of The Step2® Company, LLC (“Sponsor”), their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules.  If you do not have a Twitter account, it is free to create one at www.Twitter.com.

3. HOW TO ENTER: Entrants may make submissions via Twitter between the hours of 1:00 pm – 1:59 pm ET on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Enter by actively participating in the party by tweeting during the party, following @thestep2company and @SavingtinyHeart and by using the hashtag #helpsavetinyhearts. To be eligible to win prize(s), Sweepstakes entrants must submit a tweet during the Entry Period using #helpsavetinyhearts hashtag. Sponsor, may disqualify you from the Sweepstakes if it believes in its sole and absolute discretion that your Submission fails to conform to these Official Rules. Date and time can change based on Twitter’s status. If date and time are changed entrants will be notified via Twitter using appropriate hashtag (#helpsavetinyhearts). Sponsor’s clock is the Sweepstakes’ official clock.

4. PRIZES. Five (5) winners will be randomly selected to win the following Step2 items: (1) Handy Helper’s Workbench, (1) Easy Turn Coupe, (1) Glo Buddy Turtle Night Light, (2) Doodle Art Easel during the 59-minute duration of the party on October 30, 2013. Total value of all prizes awarded in this Sweepstakes is approximately $200.00. In addition, Sponsor will randomly select a winner to receive a Thomas the Tank Engine™ Up & Down Roller Coaster™ every time the pledge on this page (http://ironman.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1043745&supid=372356254) increases by a $250 increment. Winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #helpsavetinyhearts at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and active tweets during the party. Winner will be notified via Twitter “@” message by @thestep2company during the party on October 30, 2013 and must respond to @thestep2company within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize. All Prizes are non-transferable, with no cash redemptions, equivalents or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Prize details not specified in these Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change, and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide a Winner with their Prize, the Sponsor may elect, to provide such Winner with the approximate value of such item in cash or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value. There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party. Prizes will be shipped within 2-4 weeks following the end of the Sweepstakes. Prize will not be replaced or replenished if it is lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed. Winner is responsible for any taxes on prizes awarded.

5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decision of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Partner, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize, including any harm or injury.

6. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Sponsor will not disclose any personally identifiable information. An exception to this is when required to disclose such information by a law enforcement agency or court of law.

7. MISCELLANEOUS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, or inaccurate Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Sweepstakes or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Sweepstakes be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken using the judging procedure outlined above. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

8. REQUEST FOR WINNERS’ LIST: For a list of winners (available after October 31, 2013), send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope by October 1, 2013 to: Step2 #helpsavetinyhearts Twitter Party Sweepstakes 10010 Aurora-Hudson Road, Streetsboro, Ohio, 44241.

SPONSOR: Step2® Company, LLC, 10010 Aurora-Hudson Road Streetsboro, OH 44241.

A Coupe A Day Giveaway to Benefit StHS | Ends 6/1

The 8th Annual Saving tiny Hearts Gala is just 12 days away! To have some fun and count down the days leading up to this event, we’ve decided to share the love and offer “A Coupe a Day Giveaway.”

Easy Turn Coupe Giveaway

Over the next 12 days, you can enter to win 1 of 12 Easy Turn Coupes, in your choice of green or pink. As an added bonus, Step2 will donate $1 per entry received to the Saving tiny Hearts Society at the gala (up to $10,000). To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway will close at 12:00AM ET on 6/2/13. 12 winners will be selected at that time and winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Winner may select a green or pink Easy Turn Coupe. One winner per Easy Turn Coupe. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thestep2team@gmail.com.

Wordless Wednesday: I ♥ Easy Turn Coupe

Wordless Wednesdays- Easy Turn Coupe

Step2 is not the only one..

Thank you to all the Test Drive Kids that took the Easy Turn Coupe for a spin:

Baby Dickey
Blessed by Brenna
Carrie With Children
Energizer Bunnies Mommy Reports
Freckleberry Finds
Go Graham Go
Little Inspiration
Mom Dot
Mom Endeavors  
Mommy of Two Little Monkeys
A Moms Take
Mommy Testers
Newly Crunchy Mama of 3
Noah’s Dad
Rave and Review
The Denver Housewife
The Link Fairy
The Rock Father
Thrifty and Chic Mom
Thrifty Nifty Mommy
WAHM Connect Reviews

As a reminder, make sure to visit Step2’s Facebook page and comment on your favorite feature of the Easy Turn Coupe. For every comment received, Step2 will donate $1 to the Saving tiny Hearts Society.

New Toys, New Campaign at Toy Fair 2013

The Step2 Company, LLC. showcased new products for spring and fall 2013 at the Toy Industry Association Toy Fair 2013 in New York City February 10-13. Proudly displaying photographs of the Everybody Plays photo shoot by photographer and best-selling author Kelle Hampton of Enjoying the Small Things. The Step2/Infantino booth showcased fun, excitement and, of course, creative play.

Photos taken by Kelle Hampton during EverybodyPlays Photoshoot

On display from our new spring line was a mix of versatile outdoor toys. The Fixin’ Fun Outdoor Grill™ is a stone oven barbeque grill that can be used for indoor play or outside as “me too” play. It features grill knobs that make real “clicking” sounds, plenty of counter space to prepare “meals,” and a realistic “lift up” grill lid. Plus, a molded-in side burner creates an extra cooking area.

Included with the grill is a 10 piece Stack ‘n Stay Hot Dog Set. Two additional accessory sets can be purchased separately – the Stack ‘n Stay S’mores and Stack ‘N Stay Hamburgers. Designed to help with gross motor skills, these unique play food sets have grooves so they stack and stay together.

Step2 Fixin Fun Outdoor Grill and Stack 'N Stay Sets

Also new for 2013 is the Fun & Sun Climber & Sandbox. This 2-in-1 climber and elevated sandbox is great for small outdoor spaces and gives children a place to climb, slide and be active as well as a small sand area for sensory play. Children can pour sand in the cascade accessories and watch the sand flow. Included is a protective lid, a shovel for digging and a drain plug making for easy clean-up.

Step2 Fun & Sun Climber & Sandbox

The featured spring item at Toy Fair this year was the Easy Turn Coupe. To celebrate the launch of this new little car, Step2 displayed this toy front and center as guests entered Booth #437.

After conducting extensive research with moms and dads, we found that our customers wanted a few new features when it came to their child’s play car. This included a see-through roof to keep an eye on their child while at play, a handle to easily push the car, and a better turning radius for all of those tight squeezes around the couches and kitchen table neighborhood. We also added a removable floor board so little feet are protected when mom is pushing, cup holders for both mom and child, and fun features included a gas cap, ignition key, and working horn.

Step2 Easy Turn Coupe Toy Fair 2013

In conjunction with the Easy Turn Coupe launch at Toy Fair, Step2 is launching a new campaign entitled I {heart} Easy Turn Coupe on the Step2 Facebook page.

Step2 focuses its charitable efforts on programs designed to enhance the health and education of children while enriching their lives and their family experience. It is that mission that has made The Saving tiny hearts Society (StHS), an organization that funds life-saving grass roots research of congenital heart defects (CHD’s), a non-profit that Step2 has supported for many years.

Several years ago, Step2 learned that CHD’s are America’s #1 birth defect affecting over 40,000 babies every year. With that type of statistic, it should have come as no surprise when one of Step2’s own, Tena Crock, was impacted by a CHD.

At her 20 week ultrasound appointment, Crock believed that the biggest news she would receive that day was the gender of the little miracle growing in her tummy. Instead, she learned that her son had a complex CHD, double inlet left ventricle (single ventricle) among other issues. Because of the established relationship, Crock was able to reach out to the founders of StHS who offered her support and information while educating her about their important research efforts.

Crock’s son underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization in the first 7 months of life. He will have one more surgery before he is school aged, but for now, he is a happy and healthy toddler, enjoying the toys that Mommy brings him home from work.

Easy Turn Coupe Facebook Tab

Step2 would like to continue its support of the StHS with our “I {heart} Easy Turn Coupe” campaign. We invite you to watch a quick video on the Easy Turn Coupe and tell us what feature you {heart} most about it. For every comment received on the Easy Turn Coupe Facebook tab, Step2 will make a $1 donation to StHS (up to $10,000). You can submit your comment now through  April 6, 2013.

About TIA |Toy Fair

Celebrating its 110th year, the annual American International Toy Fair® is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from around the globe to showcase their toy and entertainment products. The Step2 Company has exhibited at Toy Fair for 18 years. In addition to NY Toy Fair, Step2 also exhibits annually at International Toy Fair Nürnberg.

Step2 Booth at NY toy Fair 2013

$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.”

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