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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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!