MAD Events coming soon!

Military Appreciation Day events are on the calendar and arriving soon!

Troop sign up for MAD Southport 2016 opened on August 1, with that event date being held on September 10th, 2016 at Southport Marina in Southport North Carolina. Chapter President Hank Pomeranz and his volunteers are set and ready for another great event! As always, fun, fishing and great food will be served up along with memories and smiles for miles! We already have dozens of boats signed up and waiting to get their assignments!
Please see the Southport Chapter page for links.

After Southport we have MAD Lewes Delaware chapter hosting an event on September 24 (wow a busy month for us!)
Troop sign up for MAD Lewes DE opened on August 8. Chapter President Hector Reyes has lots planned and his volunteers stand ready to show the Troops a good time!
Please, visit the Lewes Chapter page for links.

Last, but CERTAINLY not least, our Charleston SC chapter will host it second event on November 12th, 2016. Let me tell ya these folks know how to do it right! Their first event was a big success and they hope to build from there. Chapter President Gene Morrison and crew did a fantanastic job, and we’re certain 2016 will be even better!
Please, see the Charleston Chapter page for links.

 

Make your plans to join us in saying…..One, Simple, Thanks!

MAD 2016 Tidewater, Virginia


It’s coming and we’re ready!

August 27th Military Appreciation Day Inc, Tidewater chapter will host our Heroes for a fun day of fishing while treating family members to a great variety of land based activities, great entertainment, and awesome food! Our Troops can expect a wide range of fishing opportunities as our captains will do all they can to put you on fish. And this year we all have the entire Rudee Angler for use by our troops and their families courtesy of Captain Skip Feller and his entire crew!

As always we’ll have a Captain’s meeting as an online webinar on the Thursday prior to the event. We talk about expected weather conditions, have a safety briefing and of course discuss fishing reports as a way to insure all captains have the best information possible to provide their guests with a great experience on the water. We ask all captains to either attend or designate a crew member to attend. Specifics on the meeting will be sent to all registered boat captains a few days before the event.

This year we’ll also conduct an online webinar for all volunteers on the Wednesday prior to the event to discuss all the things we’ll need to do on event day as well as to answer any questions new volunteers might have. While by no means mandatory all registered volunteers will be encouraged to attend and will receive specific details a few days before the meeting.

For all our registered Military men, women and families: As mentioned in the email you received after registering you’ll be assigned a boat captain about 10 days prior to the event. Thank you all for your service and we’ll look forward to seeing you on August 27th!

MAD MOREHEAD CITY 2016 SET AND READY!

June 4th, Military Appreciation Day Inc, Morehead City chapter will host our Heroes for a fun day of fishing and treating the family members to many land based activities, great entertainment, and awesome food! In the tradition of the Morehead event, expect the same or more as last year, boat rides, kids Pirate Ship, land based games, DJ, corn hole, wild pony boat tours, and much more!

Our Troops fishing can expect the gamut the ocean has to offer, inshore, nearshore, and offshore fisheries should all be red hot and bountiful!
Changes – Captain’s meeting Friday June 3rd, at City Park and NOT Jaycee Park.
Volunteer registration is now open for our volunteer Captains, cooking crew, and land based volunteers who help make this event great!

Ladies and Gentlemen – Prepare for another good event this year in Morehead City!

Our Volunteer meeting will be held at City Part (Train Depot Park) located at 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City NC 28557 (Google Map)

We would like as many volunteers there at 3:30 PM on Friday June 3rd as possible. We will discuss the overall event, your participation and job duty then prepare shirts, buckets and goodies for the Captains meeting to start around 5:30 pm. 

Captains – Please show up to City Park listed above at 5:30 pm and we’ll get any last questions answered, give you some information, we’ll share some fishing information and then have a few awards and a great meal prepared by our famous HOBO JUNCTION volunteers! We have lots of door prizes to give away including a touchscreen Lowrance sounder and numerous other items and gift certificates.

Event day – For all our registered Military men, women and families, if you have not been contacted by a boat Captain, unfortunately we did not have enough boats to take everyone but that still does not mean you can come and enjoy the fun! 

We have many, many activities to enjoy the day and coast including:

City Park - Registration opens 9 AM under the blue tent near the bathrooms, we’ll check you and your family members in under the currently registered Troop, please have any applicable Military or dependent ID available. You will receive information about our activities and a participant wristband.

 9:30 AM Shuttle to see wild ponies on pontoon boats at Olde Towne Yacht Club at Carrot Island (Shuttle vans and car seats provided)

Informational displays

Face painting

Live music bands

“Major Dave” DJ between intermissions

Sidewalk chalk

Popcorn, cotton candy available

Children’s playground

10:00 AM DunkTank

11:30 to 1 PM Hamburger and hot dog lunch served

JAYCEE PARK 9:30 AM Signs will direct you, one block over, one block up, an easy walk

Fishing from the docks

Family one hour fishing trip

Scavenger hunt Sugarloaf Island (Licensed Ferry Captain will shuttle)

Family boat rides around the harbor

Pirate Boat Rides 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM http://beaufortpiratesrevenge.com/

About 3 PM until the fishing boats return and fish cleaning, bathrooms available.

For everyone’s safety we ask that only those loading and unloading from the boats enter the dock area.

Soda and water served all day at each activity

 5:00 PM until Dinner Served – 6:00 PM we will start our prize giveaways to our Military participants, lots of goodies including a $250 flat screen tv!

TROOPS ON OUR ROSTER MUST BE PRESENT AT COOKOUT TO WIN!

Parking available in the lots located at 10th and Shepard Streets.

 

MAD 2015 Charleston: Event Summary

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MAD 2015 Charleston Chapter Event Summary

One. Simple. THANKS. That was our message to the Troops!

To the captains, volunteers, donors, our fellow MAD Chapter members and supporters, the MAD Charleston Chapter would like thank you for making our inaugural event a huge success, consisting of 34 boats providing 82 Troops with a great day of fishing.

If you did not attend, here’s what you missed:

Friday’s Captains’ Meeting started with a brief history of MAD and a few rules were announced.  In the crowd were two SCDNR officers who presented a “Governor’s Proclamation” declaring Saturday, November 14, 2015 as Military Appreciation Day in the State of South Carolina.  We were very humbled to receive such an honor; thank you Gov. Nikki Haley.  After the meeting, we dined on some fresh subs and wraps, washed them down with sweet tea, and watched a beautiful fall sunset.

Saturday morning started off cool and our captains faced high northeast winds, making fishing extremely difficult. Despite the added challenge, at 7:04 am we had our first report of the day, a 22″ trout. Other captains were able to find the fish; Troops caught and released speckled trout, weakfish, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, bluefish, black sea bass, and more.  On shore, our volunteers passed the time with cornhole, posting incoming photos from captains, and preparing for the arrival of hungry captains and troops.  Mid-afternoon, one of the best cooking teams in town, the Pioneer Smokers, rolled in.  Slowly, captains and troops began arriving back at Rivers Edge Marina.  At 5:15, huge portions of pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, green beans, smoked mac’n’cheese, dirty rice, and homemade tater salad were served.  By 6:30, over 120 souls with tired arms and smiling faces had been served a superb meal.  Once again, we were treated to a fantastic sunset as the day ended.

Our out-of–town help included Lewes, DE Chapter President Hector Reyes, who traveled the furthest, 600 miles, to be there to support us. We were very honored to have Mr. John Polosky, one of the original four MAD founders, travel from Harkers Island, NC to show his support.  Tidewater, VA Chapter Vice President A.J. Cole came to lend assistance on the tech side with the rolling slide show of the day’s catches.  In addition we had help from Master Boat Coordinator Scott Krieger (Sandford, NC), Julie Williams (Henderson, NC), Mike Stein (Morehead, NC), and David Call (Southport, NC).

“THANK YOU” to Tracey Nelson at Rivers Edge Marina for promoting and hosting the event.  The biscuits he dropped off early Saturday morning were a wonderful addition!  And he invited us back for next year…

“THANK YOU” to our other Supporters;

SEATOW Charleston, Charleston Sign & Banner, Prowess Sportfishing, WEST Marine, SC Sportsman Magazine, and Coastal Angler Magazine.

One huge hurdle we jumped was a “special fishing license waiver” we obtained exempting the troops from purchasing a one day license.  “THANK YOU” to our Board Member George McDonald in Fort Mill, SC.  He was responsible for working with SCDNR in Columbia. Thank you Mr. Alvin Taylor, Director of SCDNR.  This event could not have happened without the waiver!

Our MAD Charleston Chapter event was the last of five MAD events that are spread over four states.  We have identified areas where we can improve our future events, and need to find new supporters and volunteers.  We’ll start planning MAD 2016 Charleston soon and if you’d like to join a growing team of energetic volunteers, do not hesitate to contact us.  Please follow us on our MAD web site (www.militaryappreciationday.org), “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MADCharleston), and tell your friends.  Next year we anticipate the boat numbers to double. That means more troops get to go fishing and that’s what this event is all about.

If you would like to download photos from the event, please go to http://www.militaryappreciationday.org/piwigo_gallery/index.php?/category/29.

Once again, thank you for your support of our United States of America Military troops.  These men and women put their lives on the line for us.  Please remember to thank them each time you see them.

 

Charleston Chapter Team Members:

Gene Morrison, President
Andy Bajoczky, Vice President
Chris Coates, Boat Coordinator
Janet Charbonneau, Treasurer
George McDonald, Board Member

 

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