State awards local motorcycle safety group $25K
by Megan Thornton
October 13, 2012 01:45 AM | 2236 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — A $25,000 grant recently awarded to a local non-profit will help the organization educate children about motorcycle safety.

The Kevin Phillip Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of issues related to motorcycle drivers, was given the grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety last week.

Founder and chairwoman Karen Bosch, who also serves as Cherokee County’s District 3 commissioner, said the grant funds will go toward developing activity books for children ages 8 to 12 that focus on motorcycle safety and make children more aware of motorcycles on the roadways.

“We have worked very hard over the last four years to grow the foundation and take our message to auto and motorcycle drivers,” Bosch said.

After losing her son, Kevin Mahurin, in 2008 when his motorcycle was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 5, Bosch established the foundation with the mission of raising awareness about motorcycle safety.

Bosch is not seeking a third term on the county commission and her position is expected to be filled in January by Brian Poole, who won in the Republican primary and is not facing an opponent in the general election.

Katherine Travis, the foundation’s executive director and a friend of Bosch’s son Kevin Mahurin, will work on developing the literature and creating child-friendly activities with the board of directors. Travis will also help give presentations and distribute the activity books to local children.

“It is an honor to join Kevin’s family in spreading the message of motorcycle awareness,” Travis said. “I truly believe it will save lives.”

Bosch said the activity books will be distributed at various motorcycle events in Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton counties.

“We will begin development of the activity books soon and hope to have them printed and ready for distribution by late winter or early spring of 2013,” Bosch said.

The foundation is also preparing for next month when it will host a couple of events as part of the group’s fourth annual Kevin P. Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Days.

On Nov. 1, the group will host its annual golf tournament at BridgeMill Athletic Golf Club.

Applications for the tournament will be taken until Oct. 26. The cost of registration is $125 per player and $500 for a team. The tournament will kick off with a shot-gun start at 9:30 a.m.

The foundation’s memorial ride will be held Nov. 3, beginning at K-otic Kustoms at 6406 Bells Ferry Road.

For more information about the events, view the Kevin Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Foundation’s website at

To register for any of the foundation’s events, email
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