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The 2022 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2022 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes Subaru retailers who are making the world a better place while demonstrating an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in local communities. These efforts are focused in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

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What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

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Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption, and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country.

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Environment

Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.

Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.

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Education

It's our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.

Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 in gift cards and school supplies.

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Community

In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.

In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide.

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How is Subaru Fort Walton Beach dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

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  • Saving With Soul Pet Rescue|PAWS
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Pryor Middle School
  • Choctahatchee Basin Alliance
  • Fresh Start Womens Shelter

Love Promise Stories from Subaru Fort Walton Beach

Subaru and Subaru Fort Walton Beach believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here.

Subaru FWB'S Commitment to Customer Excellence Shines Through

To Whom It May Concern, A huge thank you to Subaru, Fort Walton Beach, FL Service Department for maintaining our 2021 Outback Touring XT with almost 42,000 miles in 1.5 years. We are maintenance fanatics. We believe in taking care of our Outback so it will take care of us. One of the best situations is having such an extremely knowledgeable, professional and yet personable team in our favorite service department that we can trust. We have had fantastic experiences with our three service advisors: Jason Zabetakis, Paul Krueger and Melissa Reidl lead by very competent Service Manager Randy Brooks. Empowering your staff to do the next right thing is a standout benchmark of any business setting it apart from the competition which is why we highly recommend Subaru of FWB, FL for sales and service. We greatly appreciate our Service Advisors keeping us well informed when our Outback is in the shop for maintenance or repair. We also, want to recognize, who we like to consider our personal Senior Master Technician, Charlie Morse. Charlie physically turns the wrenches performing the hands on maintenance which keeps our Outback Touring XT running in tip top condition. We feel he is more than capable of diagnosing the most minute sounds and determining what is causing it and the proper repair. He is an extraordinary master mechanic who deserves his title. We personally request him to perform the work on our Subaru. This is our second Subaru. We put 99,300 miles in approximately 3.5 years on our 2017 Outback Limited when we traded up to our current Touring XT. Our family are Subaru owners. We all love our Subaru. A major part of owning a Subaru is the follow up customer service and Subaru of Fort Walton Beach, FL sets the standard for other dealerships to follow. The fine staff members mentioned in this letter deserve appropriate recognition for all they have done for us and other Subaru owners. Sincerely yours, David Shawn and Pam Goehringer 169 Marcia Drive, Mary Esther, FL 32569-2016; 850 217-4826 Cc: Sarah Cagle, GM, Subaru Fort Walton Beach, FL; 916 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547; 850-280-6200

United Way - Stuff the Bus Back to School Supply Drive

Last July we partnered with United Way Emerald Coast and the “Stuff the Bus” back to School Supply Drive. Our team and customers participated in collecting school supplies all month long and filled up an Outback with everything on the list and then some. It was amazing to see Subaru employees and our customers come together to help fulfill the needs of our area students. We LOVE our students and our community.

International Coastal Cleanup

On September 17th at 8:00 am Team Subaru Fort Walton Beach grabbed our buckets, our gloves and hit the beach on the Boardwalk of Okaloosa Island for the Annual International Coastal Cleanup. After a busy tourist season, there was much trash to be picked up. We filled our buckets and bags and had a blast doing it. We LOVE our beaches here in Okaloosa County and will always volunteer to help keep them clean.

OCSO Angel Tree Children

What an incredible day we had today. Our team was given the opportunity to assist the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office with their Christmas Angel Tree. They had so many kids and families that needed help this year. Our team knocked it out of the park and supported 24 kids. I am so proud of my team. This was an emotional time for us, and we plan to do it again next year but even bigger! We have lots of love to share.

Red Shouldered Hawk Release

Team Subaru Fort Walton Beach had an amazing opportunity to partner with Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, one of our 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event organizations, who rehabilitated a Red Shouldered Hawk and invited us for the release back into its natural habitat. As we all gathered that September afternoon, we learned that this hawk experienced some head trauma after flying into a building. With the right treatment and medicine ECWR was able to nurse him back to a healthy life with no major injuries to worry about. That afternoon we drove into the forest and found the perfect location to finally set this beautiful hawk free to begin his fresh start back into the wild. Thank you ECWR for sharing with us this most beautiful moment that brought tears and joy into our hearts.

Subaru Loves to Help

Oct 29, 2022 Just moved from Ocala to Panama City Beach and Ft Walton Subaru is our closest dealer. I called and the phone was answered quickly by Melissa. Very nice, made my appointment the day and time I requested. She was waiting on me as I walked in, such a great experience and a beautiful dealership too. I had a $10 off coupon they let me use. Oil change and tire rotation was done quickly and I received a call that my car was ready. I trade every three years and I'm sure this dealership will be where I purchase my new car.

Big-Headed Cross-Eyed Bully Finally Finds a Home!

Saving with Soul Pet Rescue recently found a big old pittie at a local shelter who grabbed our hearts right away. He had a huge head and ridiculous crossed eyes...but even more, he had an ugly lump on his flank that was almost certainly malignant. We posted him for foster and a wonderful family stepped right up. And in a way, that's the end of the story! They fell in love with him HARD and knew they could never let him go. Even though his future was (and still is) uncertain. We raised the money for his surgery to remove the tumor and are now waiting anxiously for the report to come back. Fingers, toes and tails crossed! The adoption was finalized at our Subaru Love Promise adoption event in April and the story was highlighted in the official event video. Thank you, Subaru, for always being there for our Underdogs!

Subaru Ft Walton Loves to Help

My wife and I just moved to Destin, Florida and we are proud Subaru owners. Our 2017 Forester has been carefully maintained at our St. Louis, Missouri dealership and we wanted to make sure "Pearl" got the same attention to detail here in our new home. Enter Subaru of Fort Walton Beach! These guys are so incredibly professional, I was stunned! We had great service at our previous dealership, but this place is over the top in customer service. From the gorgeous waiting room with fresh fruit, snacks, and delicious coffee, to the extremely courteous technicians and office staff, Subaru Fort Walton Beach ROCKS! We were welcomed to the community with sincere smiles and warm handshakes, and we were told exactly what needed to be done to Pearl, without discussing anything "surprising" that needed repair/replacement. They changed the oil, topped off the fluids, put a new cabin air filter in (which we knew was pretty bad), and aired up the tires. 55 minutes from arrival, we were out the door! Six stars, if I could, to Subaru Fort Walton Beach!!

Subaru Ft Walton Beach Loves to Help

We Love our local Meals on Wheels chapter and Love to Help them. Our very own Okaloosa County Elder Services runs a Meals on Wheels program providing a hot meal five days a week. Subaru Fort Walton Beach delivers between 7 to 12 meals on their route every week. We have been participating in this program for over three years. It has been and continues to be a wonderful experience for our employees. All our new employees get a chance to experience the weekly route or volunteer if an emergency “fill-in” is needed. We value the relationships we build with our customers on our route. We take out their trash, play with their dogs and visit with them every week. It is a great feeling working for a company that is dedicated to giving back to the community.

Subaru Ft Walton Beach Loves Pets

We just wanted to take a moment to send out a very special 'Thank You' to our extended family at Subaru Fort Walton Beach. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our local community. While many businesses love to host our events, which we greatly appreciate, the team at Subaru Fort Walton Beach simply goes above and beyond. Our recent event, Subaru Loves Pets MEGA Adoption Event, is a shining example of all the behind the scenes work that their team provides. Things such as moving a hundred or so news cars off the lot, coordinating all the vendors and food trucks, promoting the event through various media, rearranging their indoor works areas for the animals, directing parking, greeting visitors, providing catering for our volunteers, and cleaning up after us at the end of the day while simultaneously putting everything back in order. Amazingly, they manage to do all of this while still conducting their day-to-day business with all these added distractions and animal chaos! They never complain and welcome us with open arms each and every time... but we do bring a LOT of cute puppies and kittens, so that probably helps. Seriously though, they have become more than just our partners and friends… they’ve become a part of us. You see, many of them have adopted animals at these events and are now a part of our family. We routinely see one another where we get updates, trade stories and pictures, discuss our pets, and introduce them to our new animals looking for their fur’ever home. We had a great time and couldn’t think of a better relationship! So to everyone at Subaru Fort Walton Beach, we are proud to have you in our family! We simply can’t thank them enough for all the generosity, help, and kindness they give to not only our rescue, but to our surrounding community! The Step One Automotive Group simply goes above and beyond to help local charity groups in many ways and we’d encourage you to drop by any of their events and give them a 'Thank You' in person!

Saving Stinker at Subaru

In October, Saving with Soul Pet Rescue held a very special adoption event at Subaru in Ft. Walton Beach, FL as a part of the annual Subaru Loves Pets initiative. The event was a roaring success with more than a dozen adoptions! But I want to share our favorite success story from the event - the adoption of a dog named Stinker. Stinker was thus named because he... um... smelled. Atrociously bad. We brought him into the rescue in the summer of 2021, not realizing the extent of his chronic smelliness (we just thought he needed a bath) - we discovered he had developed a chronic urinary tract infection that had become resistant to regular antibiotics. After six weeks of trying different combinations of medications we finally cleared up the infection and put him on lifelong cranberry pills. If that were the end of the story, it would be a good one but there's more! The reason for Stinker's history of UTI's is an old injury (likely being kicked or stepped on) that irreparably damaged his spinal cord, rendering him incontinent, and making him susceptible to infection. So, today he waddles when he walks and has to wear a diaper. AND... he has a grade 5 heart murmur (5 out of 6 = very bad) so surgery is out of the question for him. Three veterinarians recommended humane euthanasia for Stinker. But if you met him... you'd understand why we just couldn't. Stinker is one of the happiest, joyful, friendly dog you'll ever meet. He doesn't care that he stinks! He doesn't mind his ungainly waddle! He just wants to love on his humans (any humans will do). So, to wrap up this story, Stinker was ADOPTED at our Subaru Underdog event! His family understands what they are getting into and is happy to do so. Is this a wonderful happy ending for an Underdog or what???

Thank You Subaru Fort Walton Beach for Helping APL

Thank You Subaru for Helping Save Companion Animals in Okaloosa County! The Okaloosa Animal Protection League (APL) is an all-volunteer nonprofit who has served our community since 1981. We believe sterilization is the key to reducing the number of unwanted pets. Volunteers partner with participating clinics to offer a Spay & Neuter program available to anyone in our area regardless of income. APL volunteers were truly overjoyed and honored to have been selected as the Subaru 2019 Share the Love hometown charity. We're also very grateful to everyone who chose our group. Sterilization funding is the hardest to raise yet it is exactly those dollars that will reduce the companion animal overpopulation. This lifesaving partnership with Subaru awarded in May 2020 could not have come at a better time as many people needed help due to COVID-19. We were able to offer additional financial spay/neuter assistance to pet owners who could not otherwise afford the already reduced rate. This generous award also allowed us to partner with veterinary clinics in June and July 2020 for dedicated feline spay/neuter events. Those events resulted in 43 cats and kittens sterilized in just two days! Subaru's generous gift will have a significant and positive impact in our area for years to come. Every cat, kitten, dog and puppy sterilized thanks to this funding will not contribute to the companion overpopulation in our area. On behalf of all the APL volunteers and our community, thank you again to Subaru for helping save companion animals in Okaloosa County!

TY Subaru for Helping Save Companion Animal

Thank You Subaru for Helping Save Companion Animals in Okaloosa County! The Okaloosa Animal Protection League (APL) is an all-volunteer nonprofit who has served our community since 1981. We believe sterilization is the key to reducing the number of unwanted pets. Volunteers partner with participating clinics to offer a Spay & Neuter program available to anyone in our area regardless of income. APL volunteers were truly overjoyed and honored to have been selected as the Subaru 2019 Share the Love hometown charity. We're also very grateful to everyone who chose our group. Sterilization funding is the hardest to raise yet it is exactly those dollars that will reduce the companion animal overpopulation. This lifesaving partnership with Subaru awarded in May 2020 could not have come at a better time as many people needed help due to COVID-19. We were able to offer additional financial spay/neuter assistance to pet owners who could not otherwise afford the already reduced rate. This generous award also allowed us to partner with veterinary clinics in June and July 2020 for dedicated feline spay/neuter events. Those events resulted in 43 cats and kittens sterilized in just two days! Subaru's generous gift will have a significant and positive impact in our area for years to come. Every cat, kitten, dog and puppy sterilized thanks to this funding will not contribute to the companion overpopulation in our area. On behalf of all the APL volunteers and our community, thank you again to Subaru for helping save companion animals in Okaloosa County!

Subaru Helps Us Save Shelter Souls!

Saving with Soul Pet Rescue is based in the NW Florida Panhandle where we dedicate our hearts (and SOULS) to saving unwanted shelter dogs and cats. And Subaru has been a HUGE part of that! How so, you ask? Oh, so many ways... First, we do adoption events at the local Subaru dealership in Ft. Walton Beach, FL once a month and they are always (and I mean always) a roaring success. Subaru throws out the welcome mat for us and our potential adopters (they even serve us lunch!) and we almost always walk away with at least 15 adoptions. Second, Subaru has generously awarded us multiple grants to help us with our "SOUL-Saving" - to the tune of more than $20,000 in 2020 alone. WOW! What a difference that made to our ability to take in special needs pets, which is our passion. Third, Subaru was an enthusiastic Platinum level sponsor for our very first "Mega-Event" where we hosted multiple rescues and vendors and raised lots more money for all of us to continue our life-saving work. We also use the local Subaru dealership's parking lot for our biweekly spay/neuter transports, which meet at 3:45am... so the well-lit lot is a perfect location. All in all... we have had a wonderful relationship with Subaru, both corporate and local, and we know if we need something to save a life or two or 100, we can ask for help and they will do what they can. THANK YOU Subaru for being... simply wonderful!

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Share the Love...

When we got the call to be part of our local Share the Love event, we were overwhelmed with joy. When we met the staff, it was even better. They were enthusiastic about our mission to help Veterans and Children in need of a trained Service Dog. I was able to tell them our story, I will share a little on this post, as well. We fully train bred-for-purpose dogs to become Service Dogs. We take what we consider the finest pups and start training them as early as 6-weeks to assist Veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mobility Impairment, and Sexual Trauma; as well as, Children with Epilepsy and Autism. We provide these dogs at absolutely no cost to the recipient. We also provide all of the equipment needed and a lifetime of support. We are passionate about what we do. We believe we do it better than most. We are committed to our community that is largely comprised of military families. A lot of people don't realize that 22 Veterans will lose hope and end their own life every single day. In a community with such a great population of Veterans, it affects us. When the Subaru team heard this, they became passionate. When the event was finished and the numbers were in, we were presented with a check for nearly $15,000. We were absolutely blown away. After talking with the team once again, and taking a few pictures, everyone was fired up about how to continue to assist. We will be acquiring a new puppy in a few short weeks. We were asked if the funds could go to a specific pup, that Subaru FWB could follow from puppy to person. What a fantastic idea. The numbers work almost perfectly to cover the cost of purchase of a very special puppy for our program, a Giant Schnauzer. In a month or so, we will bring the pup by to meet the team that made him possible. We will train this pup for about 18-months before placing it with a new handler. I look forward to them naming this amazing puppy, and following its life of training and pairing up with someone to help them. Subaru of FWB is truly the epitome of what a community partner looks like. We are excited to have this opportunity to work alongside them. We are grateful to them for supporting our mission to STOP 22. If you are reading this and would like to join our team, or if you need assistance with a Service Dog, please reach out to us via the web at PLFservicedogs.com Steve Kotowske Executive Director

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