October 25th, 2014
Military Appreciation Day Inc, (MAD) received its largest cash donation to date at the Bistro by the Sea restaurant in Morehead City, NC. The Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Tournament, held at the Boathouse Marina, in Beaufort N.C. has four separate fishing events.
Tournament founders Chad Shingleton, and Patrick Overstreet formed the event and chose Military Appreciation Day, Inc. as the beneficiary.
Chad Shingleton of the boat “Tide One On” has been a volunteer boat captain for Military Appreciation Day for numerous years, fishing with all branches of the Military at our Morehead City NC events. Both Chad and Patrick being avid king mackerel tournament fishermen, knew some of other fishermen who wanted a different style tournament, and added twists such as the “Team up” where boats can win cash prizes by lottery, and “Big Three” made the first season very successful indeed!
MAD volunteers worked at each tournament either helping to prepare and serve food at the Captain’s meetings, general help and cleanup. The day of weigh-ins volunteers helped to dock the boats who were weighing fish, and load the donated fish up on the fish buyer’s truck
The most heart touching part of the donations was the overall generosity of each of the winning boats. At the awards ceremony for the first leg of the four tournaments, Captain Mike Williams of the boat “Release” announced he wanted to donate $1,000 of his winnings back to MAD and his check was re-written on the spot! Captain Williams stated he was happy to do it and wanted to start what he hoped is a long standing tradition year after year.
After each one of the remaining three tournaments, the winning boat followed suit and, then again, and then once again at the championship! MAD also benefitted from the fish that were caught, all weighed fish become property of the tournament and were sold to a local fish market, proceeds from that were donated as well.
Representing the organization at the awards banquet were Mr. Don Gray, Morehead City Event President, John Polosky, one of the three founders of Military Appreciation Day. The donation check was $8,000 accepted by Scott Krieger, Chairman of The Board of Directors for Military Appreciation Day, Inc.
Military Appreciation Day Inc, is proud to “Join Forces” with the Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Tournament, plans are already being discussed how the organization can further benefit the tournament next year at their Captains meetings dinners and weigh-ins.
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