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MAD 2020 Morehead City Cancellation

It is with great disappointment that we announce that MAD Morehead City 2020 is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic presents an event such as ours with a new and unprecedented challenge. By its very nature, MAD is a social event – requiring shore volunteers, skippers, vendors and our troops to be in close proximity. So, in a pandemic, where “social distancing” is seen as the most significant way of limiting the spread of the virus, events such as ours are clearly a no-go.

What the future holds for MHC: We were very excited about holding the 2020 event and are very disappointed. But as our Chapter President says “…we plan to pack 2 years of pent up energy into an incredible 2021 event…”, and we plan on focusing our energies on the future.

So, please put June 4th and 5th, 2021 on your calendars and plan on joining us as volunteers, skippers, donors and supporting businesses to help make MHC 2021 a memorable event for those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.

Hank Pomeranz

Website and Forums have been moved to new locations.

Our previous website host is shutting down. After 12 years of hosting MAD for free, Capt Dave Tilley announced his retirement from the business.

We have now procured hosting at a new location and are in the process of recreating the website.

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More information will be posted as necessary.

Announcing Changes in MAD Management

After four years serving on the MAD Board of Directors, Donna McDowell has announced her retirement and is stepping down from the board. Donna will remain an active volunteer and supporter of MAD.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Jeff Schmucker of Newport, NC has accepted a second term on the MAD Board Of Directors! Jeff will also continue his role as Head of Fund Raising.

Rich Anderson retired as COO of MAD Inc. After over a decade of service to MAD he’s due a vacation. Fortunately, Hank Pomeranz (current president of the MAD Southport NC Chapter) has accepted the responsibility of keeping the financials of MAD in order as the new COO.

Please join me in welcoming Jeff and Hank in their increased roles with MAD while we thank Donna and Rich for their immeasurable contributions.

ONE. SIMPLE. THANKS.
Danny McKeel
Board Of Directors Military Appreciation Day Inc.

MAD 2019 Event Schedules

Year 14!

Here we go!
Events are being scheduled for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. As every year before, the volunteers of MAD are preparing to host our troops for free offshore fishing, cookouts and fun.
It’s all about saying ONE.SIMPLE.THANKS

Schedules
MAD 2019 Tidewater VA August 24
General Volunteer Registration is open Clicketh Thou Here
Boat Volunteer Registration is open Clicketh Thou Here to volunteer your boat.

MAD 2019 Southport NC September 14
General Volunteer Registration is open Volunteer Now
Boat Registration – Date to be Announced

MAD 2019 Charleston SC October 12


Our focus and purpose has not changed –

MAD 2019 Charleston, SC Dates Set

The dates for the MAD 2019 Charleston, SC date have been set! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12, 2019, with the Captain’s Meeting taking place on Friday, October 11, 2019.

MAD 2018 Charleston, SC Event Summary

The Charleston Chapter of Military Appreciation Day, Inc. would like to thank the 39 captains who put 118 Active Duty Troops on the water on a beautiful October 13th morning, and made our event a huge success.  Boat captains left from different ramps around Charleston County, and Pier captains hosted Troops at the Folly Beach Pier.  Adventure Harbor Tours used their largest pontoon boat to transport 6 Surf captains and 17 Troops to fish the beach on Morris Island.

Friday evening at the Captains Meeting, each Captain received a “MAD Charleston Chapter Commemorative Coin” and a chance to win 8 American flags flown in a local C-17 delivering supplies to a US base in Afghanistan.   We had awesome dinner provided by Southern Que-N-Stew.

Saturday evening after dinner, the troops were asked to stand, and their captains presented them with a MAD Commemorative Coin.  This was followed by a delicious BBQ dinner provided by the Pioneer Smokers, and music afterward by local band Fat Alice”.

We had door prizes for the Troops: eight sets of cornhole boards (they were all signed by the captains and crew Friday night), twenty rod and reel combos, and a new Traxxas Slash RC truck.

We would like to thank Carolina Composites for their continued support, and Rivers Edge Marina for hosting our event again.  Thanks to Mark Hood and Lawson Construction for building the cornhole boards, and Hadrell’s Point who made the rod and reel give-away possible.  Thank you also to Adventure Harbor Tours, SIAC, SOAS Capital, Cranston Engineering Group, and all of our other donors for your continued support.

MAD Morehead City – Postponed

MAD Morehead City 2019 is being postponed. At this time we do not have enough volunteers to plan an amazing day for our military families and rather than host an event that is not up to our standards, we have elected to postpone the annual event in Morehead City.

Our plan is to spend the next year actively recruiting new volunteers to lead the chapter and to come back in 2020 better than ever. More info here.

Thank you for volunteering or donating over the past 14 years and for making amazing memories for our military families.

MAD events in Southport, Tidewater and Charleston will be held as planned.

MAD 2018 has begun


MAD Starts 13th Year
Hosting our Nation’s Heroes!

With events scheduled in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, Military Appreciation Day will once again provide a day of fishing, food and fun for Military Families and of course it remains completely free of charge for active duty military, guard, reservists and their families!  
 
 
 
 
Our all-volunteer organization and donors from across the country will provide meals, family activities, fishing and entertainment to over 2000 guests this year making our 13th year our best ever!
 
 
 

MAD 2018 Morehead City was June 2

MAD 2018 Tidewater was on August 25

MAD 2018 Southport rocked on September 8

MAD 2018 Charleston – October 13


Although our events have grown and the number of events has increased,
our focus and purpose has not changed –

MAD Charleston 2017

MAD troops, volunteers, and followers:

The Charleston Chapter’s 3rd event is now upon us with only one more day to go! Here is a quick update on numbers and key times for the event.

Captains Meeting: Friday, November 9, 2017, 6:00 PM, at Rivers Edge Marina

Event Day: Troop check in and boat departures beginning at 6:00 AM. Cornhole and games beginning when the first boat returns.

Event Day Cookout: 6:00 PM at Rivers Edge Marina. Drawings and giveaways concurrent with the dinner. Live band starting around 7:00 PM.

Number of registered troops: 135

Number of registered boats: 40

Charleston Chapter President Gene Morrison visited with Fox News 24 Charleston for in interview on Wednesday of this week, which aired on the local Fox 24 Charleston evening news Wednesday night. A recording of the interview can be watched here:

http://foxcharleston.com/news-now/a-special-event-will-bring-our-veterans-together-for-a-fun-filled-day-honoring-their-legacy/

We’re excited for Charleston’s 3rd year and looking forward to seeing everybody at the event!

MAD 2017 Southport Rescheduled for Oct 21

Hello MAD Southport participants!

While Hurricane IRMA caused a little hiccup in our plans, the good news is that we’ve been able to schedule this great event on 10/21.
We know there will be some troops and boat captains that will not be able to make the new date. We will have some boats without troops and troops without boats. But we will adjust accordingly and shuffle as needed until we have as many troops fishing as possible.

To all the troops that signed up to be our honored guests; as USN retired, I know duty calls but I hope you’re still able to participate. It’s difficult to say how many boats we’ll have the next time around but be assured that, as someone who registered for the 9/10 event, you will have priority for the 10/21 event. You should be receiving an email from the boat coordinator asking you to verify whether you will still be able to participate.

To all the captains that volunteered their boats for the event, you too will be receiving either an email or a phone call to verify whether or not you will be able to make the Oct 21 date.

Note that boat registration has been re-opened.

More info will follow soon on how we’ll handle registration and signup but I just wanted to get this on your calendar.

We look forward to meeting you in October and enjoying a great day on the water.

Thanks
Hank Pomeranz
President MAD Southport Chapter

New Board Member: Danny McKeel

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Danny Mckeel (Alikat) of Wilson, NC has accepted a position on the MAD Board Of Directors! Danny first became involved with MAD in 2011 in the donor capacity, and now for the past several years as a volunteer boat captain too. Danny truly has a passion for MAD and will be a great asset to the organization. Please join me in welcoming Danny in his increased role with MAD and support him as we all continue our mission to give.

ONE, SIMPLE, THANKS.
Stuart Ussery
Board Of Directors Military Appreciation Day Inc.