"Safety Through Awareness, Awareness Through Eduction"
"Safety Through Awareness, Awareness Through Eduction"

There will be a celebration to honor the life of DEBORAH BUTITTA as follows:

DATE: August 6, 2022 - Saturday

TIME: 12:00PM - Noon

PLACE: Prescott Fair Grounds - 531 Fairgrounds Ave, Prescott, AZ 86305

Deborah was committed to serving and protecting motorcyclists' rights at the state, federal and international levels during the last four decades.  She was a sustaining & life member of ABATE of Arizona, 17-year ABATE Yavapai Chapter Board Rep., and simultaneously held many other chapter positions throughout the years. Deborah maintained memberships in numerous other state motorcycle rights organizations too, like the MMA of AZ.

In 2001, she was selected as the first designated lobbyist for the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (AZCMC).  She also served on the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) Board of Directors for many years and was instrumental in the formation of the MRF A&E (Awareness and Education), a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization created to assist the MRF in providing resources to promote motorcycle awareness and "share the road" programs, along with all aspects of motorcycle safety education, including rider training.

A highly successful businesswoman in her own right, Deb was extremely well connected, not only in the motorcycling community and industry, but legislatively and in some very influential social circles as well.  These relationships were of incredible value to the bikers of AZ, and the entire country.

Deb's accolades and awards are many, including being inducted into the MRF Hall of Fame in 2020 and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame as 2021 Freedom Fighter of the year.  Deb is a past winner of the MRF Presidents' Cup (2003), the MRF Founder's Award (2017), and the MRF Lifetime Achievement Award (2020).  Among her many other duties, Deb served 14 years as the MRF State Representative for Arizona.  For several years now, the MRF has given the 'Deborah Butitta Award' to its' highest performing State Representative in her honor.

A true leader, Deborah had a profound influence on many of her fellow activists.  Few people have dedicated so much of their life or contributed as much to motorcycling as Deborah Butitta.  Personally and professionally, her passing leaves a tremendous void in our "family".

REST IN PEACE Freedom Fighter!

Judi Miller,
ABATE of Arizona Communications Officer

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