After many months of planning, the FPC Key West Poker Run is finally here and we are so excited for the week ahead! A recent article written by Jason Johnson, a columnist for speedonthewater.com, showcased the poker run and all of the excitement we bring to Key West. While the Project 1080 boat is a focal point for this years event, there is also a lot of conversation surrounding the Florida Powerboat Foundation. Read an excerpt from the article published on Offshore Only, below.
Besides some behind-the-scenes organizational changes that Jones said will help things run more smoothly during the Friday and Saturday evening festivities at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, Jones is excited that the “Project 1080” boat—his Cigarette Racing Team 38-foot V-bottom that’s been completely updated and repowered with a pair of Mercury Racing 540 engines—is going to be part of the Cigarette display in the event’s poker run village.
Jones, who hopes to run the boat to Key West on Wednesday then put it on display for the rest of the week, actually seemed to more excited about the club’s latest undertaking—the Florida Powerboat Foundation.
“Key West is going to be the first event for our new Florida Powerboat Foundation,” Jones said. “Our club has always raised money for charity at different events, but this foundation is going to provide a more structured approach since it’s not easy to raise money for charity and manage the finances of that if you don’t have a proper 501c3 established. We’ve also decided to put the safety part of the club under the foundation umbrella since we plan to donate to many of the credible charities we’ve raised money for in the past as well as give back in terms of safety and educational programs and agencies.
“We expect to leave a substantial amount of money in Key West this year although we haven’t figured out exactly where the money is going yet,” he added. “We’re going to use this year to come up with a more structured approach for fundraising in Key West. This event should be a great way to get the wheels of the foundation turning.”