MAD 2015 Lewes: After Action Report

Great MAD history continues
I want to say THANK YOU to all volunteers, donors and supporters that once again made MAD 2015 Lewes a total success, with a show of appreciation to our Honored Military guests and their families.
I also want to send a BIG MAD THANK YOU to our fellow MAD Chapter members who traveled to support our Delaware event;

A.J. Cole – Tidewater Chapter
Tena Craft and Julie Booth – Morehead Chapter
and David Call – Southport Chapter.

At our Captains meeting we had the pleasure to share great deli snacks and door prizes, provided buy our great donors and supporters and we also had the honor to recognize our local Sea Tow Captain for his support in last year’s event.
On Fishing day once again the high winds presented a challenge to our fleet of volunteer boat captains, but the great spirit of the day was not defeated as 18 boat captains and 11 kayaks along with seven kayak guides gave all their best to find some inshore spots and put our honored guests on some good fishing spots. At 11:30am some spouses, children and volunteers boarded the Cape Water Taxi and had what many called a great educational experience of our beautiful inland Bays Eco systems. At our BBQ celebration we had the honor to pay tribute to our leading founder Rodney Carroll and provide our troops with a great BBQ meal with door prizes and great musical entertainment by Judy Sings the Blues .

Our MAD 2015 season now continues to its final event at the Charleston, SC inaugural event.
See you in Charleston!

Hector Reyes
Chapter President
MAD Lewes Delaware

See more photos of MAD 2015 Lewes in our Albums page.

MAD 2015 Lewes: Schedule, Venues and Thanks

Thanks! to all the supporters and participants of MAD 2015 Lewes. Our event is now officially scheduled to take place as planned. The following is the basic schedule of events and venues of MAD Lewes 2015:

Friday 9 Oct. 2015 @ 7:00 pm – Captains Meeting and “Meet & Greet” to be held at American Legion, Post 17 Lewes DE.
We will discuss our fishing plan and great door prizes for our captains.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 5:00 am – Fishing event main registration begins at Bill’s Sport Shop, Hwy 1 Lewes DE.
Some Captains will depart from other prearranged locations.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 9:00 am – Spouses “Coffee & Pastries” Veteran Benefits presentation Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, Lewes DE.
An invitation is also open to significant others, military parents and children over the age of 15.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 11:30 am – Spouses Eco Tour on board the Cape Water Taxi, Lewes DE.
This event is also open to invitation to significant others, military parents and children over the age of 15.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 4:00 pm – Southern BBQ celebration to be held at American Legion, Post 17 Lewes DE.
Great Food, musical entertainment and door prizes for our Heroes.

Donor Spotlight – Clem’s Seafood in Southport, NC!

Clem’s Seafood is a long time supporter of Military Appreciation Day Inc, at our Southport, NC Chapter.

Along with longtime volunteers, Jim and Becky Hedgecock, locals of of Southport, NC they donated bait and shirts for several Troops fishing the event, making it extra special for Jim and his Military guest fishing crew!

Jim and Becky have also brought their boat up to Morehead City, NC and volunteered their time and skills taking Troops and families out fishing and Becky has been a valued volunteer for our family activities and checking in the Troops in the wee hours of the morning on event days.

Hoping that Clem’s Seafood will continue to support Military Appreciation Day, we thank them for all their past generosity, and hope for a continued relationship n the future!


Clem’s Seafood not only sells bait but some great local catches so be sure to visit them when you are in the area!

Enjoy a few pictures aboard Jim Hedgecock’s boat the Teez-N-At-Em Too with his Military guest crew in Clem’s Seafood shirts!


Clem’s Seafood is located at:

4351 Long Beach Road
Southport, NC 28461
Phone: 910-457-6958 


Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday 8 am – 5 pm

Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Tournament 2015


The first of four events, the Cape Lookout Shootout Tournament Series was held July 17-18 at the BoatHouse in Beaufort, NC.
The beneficiary of the series is Military Appreciation Day, who receives the proceeds from fish sales, and any other donations made from the participants.

MAD volunteers prepared and served some delicious barbecue and all the fixins for the Captain’s meeting on Friday July 17th. Hobo Junction as they are known did a fantastic job as usual, and there were numerous full bellies and compliments.

Last year, each winning boat donated $1,000 of thier winnings on the spot!!

Saturday was tournament day and several MAD volunteers helped to dock the boats and 4 special guests from the Single Marines Program helped to gut the fish as they came in.
The tradition continues, the winning boat this year was “Mom Said No” and Captain Harvey Hoopes donated $1,000 of their winnings to MAD!


The next events for the Cape Lookout Shootout are:
August 28/29 (MAD will prepare and serve food again & dock help needed)
October 9/10 (Only dock help needed)
and the Championship on November 13/14 (Only dock help needed)