With the fourth annual Kentucky-based Kuttawa Cannonball Run behind them, Jeff Hoefling, Mike Lewis, Terry Martin and Stephen Miles have formed the Mid-West Powerboat Association, LLC, to support the event. Earlier this month, the run attracted a record-setting 140-plus boats to Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.
Success has brought some more-formal structure for the organizers of the annual Kuttawa Cannonball Run in Kentucky. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix/speedonthewater.com.
Hoefling is the organization’s president and Miles, who plans to take more of a “back-seat sponsor role” next year, is the outfit’s vice-president. Martin is the LLC’s managing director. Lewis is its treasurer.
“We have formed an LLC since our run has grown so quickly,” said Hoefling. “Look for a very cool new website, with some gear for sale, to launch soon.”
In addition to its biggest turnout to date, the Kuttawa Cannonball Run raised the most money it ever has for local organizations including $4,000 for the Lyon County (Ky.) Sheriff Department Boys and Girls Ranch program and $4,000 for the Lyon County Search and Rescue Squad. Burton Kirsten, a longtime Stephen Miles Design customer who wasn’t able to attend this year’s event, donated $1,000 to 911 Gives Hope, $1,000 to the Evansville (Ind.) Rescue Mission, $1,000 to Riley’s Children’s Hospital and $1,000 to the Lyon County High School Robotics Team.
Thanks to a fifty-fifty raffle, and the generosity of the winner who opted not to keep her share of the pot, Sophia Fiore, the 16-year-old daughter of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats founder Mike Fiore, reportedly will receive $3,000 for her college tuition fund.
With 140-plus boats in the fleet, the Kuttawa Cannonball Run set an event record this month.