MAD Chapters: Lewes, Delaware

Chapter President, Hector Reyes. (
Chapter Boat Coordinator, Chris Erby (

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.


Our 2016 Committee Members
Bill Baker, Jr. – Vice President (3rd year)
“C.J.” Jarrell – Public Relations (3rd year)
Tom Wise – Food & Beverage (3rd year)
Chris Erby – Boating/Kayaking (3rd Year)
Barb Smith – Volunteers Coordinator (2nd year)
Liza Burby – Family Activities (1st Year) Welcome Liza



Thanks! to all the supporters and participants of MAD 2015 Lewes.



MAD 2015 Lewes Delaware will be dedicated to the memorial of one of our founders, Rodney Carroll who passed away in April, 2015.

November 2014
MAD 1 Lewes Delaware

I now want to take time to THANK each and every one that helped and contributed to making MAD1 Lewes a success. To each committee member, volunteer boat Captains, general volunteers and our donors and supporters I THANK YOU for our great success in Delaware.

From Left to Right Jim Clark, Boat Committee; Hector Reyes, Chapter President;
Charlie Jerrell “CJ’, Food & Beverage Committee, Judy Mangini, Public Relations;
Christina Earns, Fundraising and Bill Baker, Jr. Chapter vice President.

Let me quote one of my most favorite statements made last year by our Chairman of the Board:

    “When we started planning for the very first Military Appreciation Day event back in 2006, we had a fairly simple idea. The idea was to find a way to thank some very amazing people for all they do for our country. We wanted to thank them for their personal sacrifice, for their dedication to keeping us safe and free and also to celebrate the accomplishments they have achieved. While the men and women of the United States Military are without question the most amazing force in the world, there is a unique parallel that after eight years of MAD is becoming more and more obvious. That realization is that our volunteers and donors are also an amazing force. Because of your hard work, generosity and support, Military Appreciation Day is now the largest, all volunteer “take our troops fishing” event in the world”.

    “Without you, MAD could never accomplish our mission of One, Simple, THANKS! On behalf of the Board of Directors at Military Appreciation Day, Inc., and our volunteers all across the country, thank you for your support and for continuing to be a part of the MAD family!”

We are looking forward to our continued growth in the season to come.


Hector Reyes
Chapter President

Dear MAD 1 Lewes, DE supporters, donors and volunteers

On behalf of Military Appreciation Day, Inc. Board of Directors and MAD Committees Delaware we want to say THANK YOU for the over whelming support and commitment that you have provided us in organizing and putting together our Inaugural MAD 1 Lewes Military Appreciation Day.

With now one week remaining until our event we have the support of over 54 local and national businesses supporters and have received numerous amounts of cash donation and fundraising raffle participation from our local families, neighboring state guests and join support from other Military community support groups.

We are now in our final stages of gearing up to what should be an event full of great fun, fishing and great food and entertainment as we Honor and THANK our HEROES that very proudly serve our country.


Hector Reyes
Chapter President

Military Appreciation Day, Inc.
Delaware Chapter

Military Appreciation Day of Lewes Delaware Event 2014 will take place on the weekend of Oct. 10-11.
Following is the basic schedule of events and venues of MAD 1 Lewes:

. Friday 10 Oct. 2014 @ 6:00 pm – Captains Meeting and Dinner to be held at
Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, Lewes DE.
. Saturday 11 Oct. 2014 @ 5:00 am – Fishing event registration begins at
Bill’s Sport Shop, Hwy 1 Lewes DE.
. Saturday 11 Oct. 2014 @ 4:00 pm – Heroes Southern BBQ dinner celebration at
American Legion Post 17, Lewes DE.

We will start it with our traditional “Captains Meeting”, hosted by Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, on Oct. 10th starting at 6:00 pm, in which we welcome all volunteer captains with our brief basic presentation of Military Appreciation Day, Inc. (MAD). All boating related details will be discussed along with our plan and “rules of the road”. We will open the deck to any questions or concerns by all volunteer captains and related boating committee team. We will then conclude our meeting with an informal meet & greet happy hour, with hors d’oeuvres and great door prizes for all our volunteer boat captains. We have a very nice amount of prizes, donated by our great supporters to be presented at random drawing to ALL volunteer captains and we will close with one final “Grand Prize”. All captains will also receive a “Captains Bucket”, with nice goodies.

On Oct 11th in the early morning hour of 0500, our main event fishing registration will begin at Bill’s Sport Shop, Lewes. All captains and our Heroes will meet and register at the parking lot of Bill’s Sport Shop, and then depart for their location of departure. Exceptions to this onsite registration will be made for those who make prior arrangements with their guests to depart from other areas other than Lewes.
All check out and options procedures will be discussed at captains meeting. We do please ask ALL volunteer captains to please have their respective Heroes back by no later than 3:00 pm, so all can have time to attend our opening ceremony at 4:00 pm of our Heroes Southern BBQ Celebration, to be held at the American Legion Post 17, Lewes.

We have a great traditional MAD Southern BBQ menu planned for all our Heroes, all volunteers, and special guests to enjoy as our final way to say THANK YOU FOR SERVING AMERICA! We will open with Word of Prayer, the National Anthem, and a brief welcome followed by musical entertainment provide by Judy Sings the Blues, along with nice door prizes for our Heroes.

All about One. Simple. THANKS!

As of today 4th oct. we have completed nearly 98% of our Captains/Guests assignments. We will take the next few days to make final adjustment to crews and assign the remaining small balance of crews. As of today we will also temporarily shut down Military Guests registration and reopen it for 48 hrs.

Tuesday 7th thru Wednesday 8th, to continue to assign guests on late-signup Volunteer Captains. Our Volunteer Captains registration will remain open until 12:00 noon on Wednesday 8th Oct. In the past events we have always experienced a small amount of no shows on the actual morning of the event. We please ask you that if you become aware that you cannot participate to please contact your Captain or Guests and make them aware of it, so we can make crew adjustments as necessary and to aid in the smooth check-in, check-out process on the morning of the event.

As of now, all assigned Captains and Guesst should have made contact with each other. If not, this needs to happen within the next few days so you can all pre-plan meeting arrangements the morning of the event.

On a closing note we want to remind all those coming from out of town and need lodging our events Host Hotel is Sleep Inn & Suites Lewes, DE. They will be offering a very nice discount package for all our Military Guest and out of town supporters and volunteers. You may contact them directly at (302) 644-8897 and tell them you are with Military Appreciation Day. Their address is 18451 Coastal Hwy. Lewes, DE 19958.

Founded in January 2014, with the partnership support of Bill’s Sport Shop in Lewes Delaware, our inaugural event committee was composed of Hector Reyes, Chapter President, and William Baker, Chapter Vice President. Within 10 days a full committee was established and plans for Military Appreciation Day of Lewes Delaware commenced.

Our Chapter was established to follow and further promote the wishes of Military Appreciation Day, Inc. founders to take the main mission of “One, Simple, THANKS” to as many parts of the country as possible, and show and share our appreciation to the great Men and Women of our Armed Forces, who serve our country.