MAD 2017 Events coming soon!

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



MAD 2017 Morehead City is the first event for 2017.

On June 3, 2017 the Morehead City chapter will host our Heroes for a fun day of fishing and they can expect the gamut the ocean has to offer, inshore, nearshore, and offshore fisheries should all be red hot and bountiful!
MAD Morehead General volunteer registration is open.
MAD Morehead Boat Volunteer registration is open.
MAD Morehead Troop Registration is open.

September 9 is the big day for the Southport Chapter.

MAD Southport General volunteer registration is open.
MAD Southport Boat volunteer registration is open.

More information will be posted here as the day gets closer and closer ….

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

MAD Charleston 2016 Event Summary

The Charleston Chapter of Military Appreciation Day, Inc. would like to thank the 39 brave captains who put 110 Active Duty Troops on the water on a chilly November morning, and made our event another huge success.  Boat captains left from 5 different ramps around Charleston County, and we were able to have pier captains and Troops at the Mt. Pleasant and Folly Beach piers.  Adventure Harbor Tours used their big pontoon boat to transport surf captains and Troops to fish the beach on Morris Island.

Friday evening at the Captains Meeting, each Captain received a newly minted MAD Charleston Chapter ”Commemorative Coin”.   A spectacular spaghetti dinner was provided by LG’s / Hanahan’s, and we had music by “Old Dogs, New Tricks”.  After supper, we were blessed to have Mr. John Polosky give us a brief history lesson of MAD.

Saturday evening before dinner, we gathered the troops outside for a group photo, and while we had the them still, the captains were able to hand out MAD Charleston coins to their Troops.  After a quick prayer, everyone was treated to a hot and delicious  BBQ dinner provided by the Pioneer Smokers, and music from Fat Alice”.

We had twenty-two door prizes for the Troops: four sets of cornhole boards (they were signed underneath by the captains and crew Friday night) and eighteen rod & reel combos.

We would like to thank Carolina Composites for their continued support, and Rivers Edge Marina for hosting our event again.  Thanks to Mark Hood for building the cornhole boards, and Hadrell’s Point & Penn who made the rod and reel give-away possible.  Thank you also to Adventure Harbor Tours, SAIC, Way Back Burgers, Sign It Quick, Lowcountry Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Ritt Ritter, Nick Verano, and those who traveled from Virginia and North Carolina for their support of MAD Charleston 2016.

We look forward to seeing everyone at MAD 2017 Charleston, which will be on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017.

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MAD 2016 Lewes: After Event Report

Once again a BIG THANK YOU to all volunteer and supporters who once again made another MAD Lewes, Delaware a successful event. Even with Mother Nature continuing to deal us with higher the preferred winds and seas our great team of MAD volunteer Captains pulled of the day, and found places to put our honored guest and their families on some fish, that’s right and their families!

Thanks to Fishermans Wharf Fleet in Lewes, Delaware this year we were able to initiate our member & family fishing division on board one of their head boats. The younger children also joined the crew of The Pirates of Lewes Expeditions in the fun quest of finding the treasure. Upon completion of the Pirate cruise, they transferred over along with some others to a cruise and snack lunch on board the Cape Water Taxi, for a very entertaining and educational eco tour of our precious Delaware inland water tributaries. While families were been entertained by our great Lewes Water Front supporters, our heroes were out fishing with our regular fleet of volunteer boats, and with the great team of kayak guides from Delaware Paddle Sports and Heroes on The Water, Cent. Pa Chapter… And of course no MAD event is ever finished without our traditional Southern BBQ celebration, hosted by the American Legion Post 17 Lewes, with great food cooked by both Back Bay BBQ and our newest supporter Slower Lower BBQ Team, and they great musical entertainment of “Dirty Deal”. Approximately 125 honored military guests enjoyed another memorable MAD event, Once again THANKS to all that once again made this possible.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!









Southport, N.C. Military Appreciation Day 9/10/2016 A tremendous win!

On September 10th, 2016, Military Appreciation Day (MAD) hosted Active Duty troops and their families from all over the state. They represented all 5 branches of our Armed Forces – Air Force from Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, Army from Ft Bragg in Fayetteville, Marines from the Camp Lejeune/Cherry Point area up near Jacksonville, Navy from Wilmington (did you know we had Navy so close?) and the Coast Guard from Oak Island and Wrightsville.

In the end, we hosted about 140 troops and 67 family members (Adults and Children) who joined them to take advantage of the family activities. It was our 10th year, and our largest event ever. Staging this event is no small feat. We are 100% volunteer- not one paid person at any level and we are 100% donor supported. That means we rely on the generosity of the community, both in terms of volunteer time, cash, goods and services – all needed to bring the troops and their families a truly world-class event.

So what does a MAD event look like? The troops start arriving on Saturday morning at about 5 AM.That means that most leave their respective posts and bases between 2:30 and 3 AM! For the next couple of hours they are matched with their Captains and head out for a day of fishing on the water. Ashore, we entertain families and prepare a huge picnic for troops, families, Captains and crew. At the picnic, which this year included live entertainment by our very own Linda Snyder (Thank you!), we gave out wonderful door prizes donated by local businesses. There is absolutely no charge. That’s how we show our One, Simple Thanks to our troops and families. Some very special Thank-you’s

Thank you City of Southport – Mayor Dove, Board of Aldermen, Randy Jones at Tourism and Heather and Cookie at Parks and Recreation – thanks for supporting us this year. Thank you especially for proclaiming the 2nd Saturday of every September as City of Southport Military Appreciation Day. Thank you South Brunswick High School JROTC – A special thanks to Colonel Thomas Blue and the fine young men and women who presented the colors with such precision and dignity. This is their second year honoring us.

Thank you Fishing Community – This is first and foremost a fishing event. Some 73 boat Captains volunteered their boats, crews, bait, tackle and fuel to provide a memorable day to our richly deserving troops. You constantly amaze me with your dedication and support of this event. Not to mention, y’all caught a bunch of fish!

Thank you Volunteers – It took nearly 80 of you to pull this event off! From set-up on Friday morning to tear-down on Saturday night, from 5 AM to 9 PM, you did it all. You decorated, prepared and cooked two meals plus snacks; literally serving hundreds, and then cleaned up afterwards. You helped coordinate the boats, guided the troops, cleaned the catch and entertained the families. You did it all with a welcoming smile. I would be remiss if I didn’t call out Ginny and Jerry Hrabica, Charlene Parsell, Kerri Trayah and our fund-raising team of Chris Schnell, Jim Hedgecock and David Call for their incredible efforts on behalf of our service men and women. What a team!

Thank You Southport Marina – To Hank Whitley, Eric King and the marina staff – By its very nature, MAD makes a lot of demands on the facility. For months leading up to the event, Eric is often heard to say; “Here comes Pomeranz, I wonder what he wants now?”. The reality is that you constantly ask what we need, meet those needs and then turn the marina over to us for two days to use the facility as we see fit…as your contribution to our service members and their families. You folks are a treasure.

Last, but certainly not least, Thank you Donors – We had two challenges this year: 1) Grow the event to include more troops and family opportunities while 2) becoming our own Chapter of MAD (there are 5 chapters) and therefore becoming fully responsible for our own fundraising. Well, you all made it possible to reach our goals!

I don’t exaggerate when I say that never before has our community been as generous as it was this year. Private citizens wrote checks, about 100 businesses and civic organizations contributed cash, donated goods and services and volunteered. Of those, the vast majority are right here in Brunswick County – Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Leland, Shallotte! Finally, I live in Southport and am very proud of our city and all the supporting communities here in our county. We don’t just talk the talk but demonstrate our appreciation in a very real way. Our troops deserve nothing less. As our MAD motto states, I offer you my heartfelt One, Simple Thanks.

For privacy I do not list private donations but you know who you are. In alphabetical order, here is a list of Businesses and Civic Organizations who contributed so generously (any errors or mistakes of omission are mine):     

American Fish Co. Boatyard BB&T Beachin’ Day Spa/Tideline Nails Beana’s Kitchen Bella Cucina Bells Supply Inc BEMC Better Beach Rentals Blackbarry Enterprises BSL VFW Post 10400 Burney’s Bakery Calcutta Cape Fear Jewelers Carolina Decals Carolina Yacht Care Carr Insurance and Realty Chasers Sports Bar and Grill Clem’s Seafood Coastline Catering Comfort Suites Costco Cox Quality Home Furnishings Dentelle Fine Lingerie Boutique Doodles Dosher Memorial Hospital Downtown Southport Inc Dry Street Pub Duke Energy Dutchman Creek Bait and Tackle Eric’s Grille First Bank Food Lion Geddings and Kleva, PLLC Haraway Real Estate Hardees High Tide Helicopters INA Oil Jazzy Jane’s Boutique John Azzato, MD, P.C. Jones Seafood House Josephs Italian Bistro Kimball’s Furniture Knights of Columbus Kopp Bros, Inc (DBA Kopps Kwik Stop Korman’s Signs Local’s Family Diner Loco Jo’s Lois Janes B&B Long Bay Artificial Reef Assn Inc Lowes Foods Lowe’s Home Improvement Lowrance Mansfield Brothers Gas Mansfield Brothers Heating and Air Martin’s Auto Rebuilders, Inc McDonalds Mr. P’s Bistro Oak Island Accommodations/Town Vacations Oak Island, LLC Oak Island Bar-B-Que House Oak Island Deli and Pub Oak Island Express Lube Oak Island Golf Club Oak Island Moose Lodge 2059 Oak Island Sporting Goods Oak Island Sub Shop Ocean Outfitters Old Bridge Diner Oliver’s on the Cape fear Party Time Pharmacy Restaurant Piggly Wiggly Port City Java Ports of Call Restaurant Renee’s Fine Jewelry Rudd Sold Inc Russell’s Place Restaurant Sam’s Club Sea Tow Shagger Jacks Shallotte Electric Side Street Bakery Side Street Cafe Signature Consultants Southport Animal Hospital Southport Marina Southport Realty, Inc Southport Smokehouse Sportsman Boats MFG Inc Sportsman’s Choice St James Fishing Club State Port Pilot Stewart’s Hardware Stifel (EJL Holdings) Tatum Construction Taylors Cuisine Thai Peppers Restaurant Tidal Merchant LLC Town of Oak Island TRIAD Saltwater Anglers Trolley Stop Wildlife Grill and Restaurant Wilmington Cape Fear Pilots Assoc

 

Hank Pomeranz, Event President of the Southport Military Appreciation Day Chapter.

Military Appreciation Day Tidewater Chapter a huge success!

Military Appreciation Day in Tidewater Virginia had 24 boats and close to 100 Troops fished on Saturday, August 27th and the event was hosted at Wallace’s Bait and Tackle, located in Hampton Virginia. Dozens of family members participated in numerous family activities including boat rides, face painting, balloon art, cotton candy, a dunk tank with volunteers Julie Booth and Hector Reyes getting wet, an ice cream truck, cornhole games, and a SpongeBob Squarepants bounce house!

The day started early for the volunteers with Scott Krieger helping setup the radio equipment at 4:30 am. AJ Cole setup the Troop check in, and Alan Cole Jr, his Wife Betty along with many others were setting up lights, and getting ready for the flurry of activity.

Troops started showing up, boats calling in and we were underway! As dawn approached, we had numerous boats already out fishing and Dawn, Richard and Bret sure all the volunteers were busy and things were in place.

Once all the boats were out fishing, we started to set up family activities and listen for fishing reports. The first report of the day was spanish mackerel and then we started hearing about the cobia!

A quick hot dog/bratwurst lunch was had and then we waited for the families to arrive and they did! The first customer was the bounce house, then boat rides had a backlog, but everyone had a blast!

Then the Troops started showing, the first boat back was the headboat Rudee Whaler and they enjoyed landing various fish species so we fired up the cleaning table……then the cobia started showing up. I believe there were about 8 keepers landed, with the largest being a citation 52 lbs!

We started serving the meal and Chapter President Jack Bartell was thanking all the participants, volunteers, and supporters. Then AJ Cole took over and started doling our door prizes for the Troops. Numerous items from fishing tackle, to gift packs, restaurant cards were given away and the grand prize was a $400 guided duck hunting trip!

The Governor of Virginia declared it officially as Military Appreciation Day also! Each volunteer received a tee shirt courtesy of Calcutta, and a nice thank you certificate.

Then the cleanup began and packing everything away. The volunteers made everything look and feel seamless, and were hard workers. We’re resting for now, but the MAD compass has turned and now we await the Southport NC event happening on September 10th, hosted by Southport Marina.

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