The Kevin Gurley Scholarship Foundation is postponing the scheduled block party set for Saturday, Aug. 28, because of health concerns.
“We feel this is in the best interest for everyone’s health and safety,” says Foundation President Kelley Fuller. ” … we just have everyone’s best interest in mind… We will be back when it’s safe and be bigger than ever.”
The following story, posted Aug. 15, has been edited to reflect the changes.
By Leanne Cook
The Kevin Gurley Scholarship Foundation is betting everyone will say, “Glad you got to see me” after their planned block party that is being delayed because of health concerns.
The goal is to raise funds to award a deserving Armuchee High School senior who is planning to attend a trade school with a scholarship, It honors the memory of Kevin Gurley, a beloved Armuchee native who drowned at Lake Allatoona in September 2020. The first scholarship of $2,500 was awarded to Cade Cordle who used the funds to attend welding school.
“Kevin was an outgoing, generous guy and everyone loved him,” said Foundation President Kelley Fuller. Gurley, whose signature joke after spending time with anyone was, “Glad you got to see me,” owned Kevin Gurley Inc., a demolition and excavation company based in Rome. “Since his death, so many people and companies have given to keep Kevin’s memory and impact alive in Armuchee, his hometown. Originally we were hoping to raise $500, but we were amazed to find that we had raised $2,500 in such a short period. And because we are a 501c3, every donation is also a tax deduction.”
Cordle was thankful to receive the first scholarship. “I became interested in welding because my great-grandfather had been a welder, and his tools were in my grandfather’s shop. My grandfather and I always worked together in the shop, and he taught me to use my great-grandfather’s tools,” he says. “When I went to the Floyd County Schools’ College and Career Academy, my teacher Carter Woodall taught me the basics of welding and became a great mentor. Now I’m a student at the Georgia Trade School in Acworth, and I’m learning advanced welding techniques. Being awarded the Gurley Foundation scholarship allowed me to get this additional training, which will lead to great career options.”
The Foundation is well-supported with a robust list of corporate sponsors including Yancey Bros. of Calhoun, Josh Roberts Trucking of Rome, All-Terrain Roofing of Armuchee, Ag-Pro of Rome, Turkey Mountain Taxidermy of Rome and Kevin Gurley Inc. of Rome.