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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.

 

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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!

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Clem’s Seafood is located at:

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

Email: kathyclemmons44@gmail.com

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

Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Tournament 2015

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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!

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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)