Chapter President, Hank Pomeranz.
Chapter Vice President, Chris Schnell.
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MAD Southport, as Military Appreciation Day Southport/Oak Island is referred to, began in 2008 after the second year of MAD in Morehead City.
There were numerous people in the Southport/Oak Island area that wished to take troops fishing and show their support for those that protect our freedoms, but were unable to make it to Morehead City for various reasons. The MAD Board of Directors looked at the area and saw that there was support for the event and agreed to work with the local supporters to make it happen and set the date for October.
The first MAD Southport captains meeting was held at Bill Smith Park in Oak Island and many opportunities for improvement were noted including holding the meeting where we would not have to cook having the area lit by headlights.
Since that rainy first year, MAD Southport has continued to grow, not only in support but in the number of troops taken out and the number of volunteer boats.
After holding the event in Oak Island and using different locations to support the activities, MAD Southport was moved to it’s current location at Southport Marina. The Marina location has allowed for all of the activities to take place at one location without having to move everyone around.