MAD Chapters: Tidewater, VA

Chapter President, Debra Wade.
Vice President, Kelly Fougerousse

Tidewater 2020 Cancelled
Our Board met this week to discuss the current state of affairs in our Country and around the globe. Our organization relies on the goodness and strength of the community to make this event happen year after year. We know that many businesses are suffering, individuals have considerable changes coming their way and restrictions which cause us all to take a step back. At this time, asking a single business owner or individual to assist us in making our event happen is not something we are comfortable with. But we are cheering all of you on! We know that we will all recover from this current situation, and we are gearing up for the 2021 event!

WE ALL want each and every sponsor, volunteer, boat captain/owner and military service member to know how much we appreciate every effort to help us succeed! Without you, we are nothing! WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE YOU!

The 8th annual fishing event will be cancelled as we postpone until 2021 – 2021 WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER! We will continue to hold our onshore event at Cobb’s Marina in 2021, and will ensure that we communicate with our sponsors and volunteers via email regarding this postponement.

Next year’s event will likely be moved to June or July, we feel that fishing might just be a bit better during these months!

Welcome to MAD Tidewater. Our chapter was founded in 2012 by Bob Gohsler, an active duty Marine who’d attended a MAD function in North Carolina and thought “Why can’t we do this for the troops in Virginia?”. After posting his idea on Tidalfish, he went to work gathering support, team members and sponsors. In our 1st event held on August 17th 2013 the chapter hosted 21 military personnel for a day of fishing and fun.
In the second event held on August 23rd 2014 we more than doubled in size, hosting 53 military attendees and their families.

Since that time we’ve grown each year and given the fact that the Tidewater of Virginia contains one of the largest concentrations of active duty troops in the world we fully expect that trend to continue at our 7th event which will be held on Saturday August 24th, 2019. For the 2nd consecutive year our event will be held at Cobb’s Marina (Since 1958) located at 4524 Dunning Road in Norfolk, Virginia 23518 . Our goal is to provide active duty troops a day of fishing, food and family fun. Registration for troops will begin on July 1st. Registration Forms for General Volunteers and Boat Captains will open on May 1st.

Our 5th event, MAD 2017 Tidewater was held August 26th.
Visit the MAD Albums for more photos.

The motto of Military Appreciation Day is ONE.SIMPLE.THANKS! The goal of the MAD Tidewater chapter will be to do all we can to promote that concept using this annual event to show and share our appreciation for the great men and women of our Armed Forces. May God bless and protect them, wherever they serve.


MAD Tidewater would like to recognize our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. These businesses and individuals recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of our troops and their families and they prove it by providing funds and/or services to insure our event is a success.













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