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.

MAD 2017 Southport Postponed

We are having to postpone the MAD Southport event until mid October – perhaps the 14th or the 21st (TBD).

As you are aware, Category 5 Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, is moving towards Florida. At that point the storm is expected to turn northward. Two things drove our decision. First, weather conditions for the weekend are forecast to be marginal to poor for fishing with strong winds and high seas offshore and strong winds inshore. What should be an enjoyable day on the water was shaping up not to be so. More important, there is a lot of uncertainty on when the Hurricane will make the turn to the north. Whenever that is; you, our skippers and volunteers all need to concentrate on the safety of our families and security of our homes. It makes no sense to have you come down here with a major storm headed to us from the south.

So, we will postpone the event and will let you know very soon when it is rescheduled.

To the troops that have already signed up; you will have priority in October. You will hear from us again soon on the exact date.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. There are 75 skippers and 90 volunteers looking forward to fishing with and meeting you in October.

Hank Pomeranz
President, MAD Southport Chapter

MAD 2017 Events coming soon!

Military Appreciation Day events are on the calendar and arriving soon!


MAD 2017 Morehead City was the first event for 2017.
and is now part of history. Photo Gallery Here

MAD Tidewater Chapter is fishing on August 26

MAD Tidewater General Volunteer Registration is open.
MAD Tidewater Boat Volunteer Registration is open.
MAD Tidewater Troop Registration is open.

September 9 is the big day for the Southport Chapter.

MAD Southport General volunteer registration is open.
MAD Southport Boat volunteer registration is open.
MAD Southport Troop Registration is open.

More information will be posted here as the day gets closer and closer ….

Make your plans to join us in saying One. Simple. Thanks!


If you have already registered (volunteers, boat captains and troops) but did not receive a confirmation email contact the MAD System Admin immediately at admin@militaryappreciationday.org

Paula Holland accepts position as Event President of our Morehead City event!

We are excited to announce that Paula Holland, of Beaufort, NC has accepted the Event President position with the organization! Paula will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the event, normally held one weekend before the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Paula has already been a rock star for the organization, leading several activities, helping secure a ton of donations, and securing the use of facilities like Olde Towne Yacht Club docks and crew for our Carrot Island family tour. She has even raised funds to pay for two pontoon boats used for that activity.

She is stepping up to help as we hope others will, if you see Paula thank her, and lets support her as much as possible during this time! She is already at work on the 2018 event!

Scott Krieger

Chairman of the Board of Directors – Military Appreciation Day Inc.

Paula Holland accepts position as Event President of our Morehead City event!

We are excited to announce that Paula Holland, of Beaufort, NC has accepted the Event President position with the organization! Paula will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the event, normally held one weekend before the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Paula has already been a rock star for the organization, leading several activities, helping secure a ton of donations, and securing the use of facilities like Olde Towne Yacht Club docks and crew for our Carrot Island family tour. She has even raised funds to pay for two pontoon boats used for that activity.

She is stepping up to help as we hope others will, if you see Paula thank her, and lets support her as much as possible during this time! She is already at work on the 2018 event!

Scott Krieger

Chairman of the Board of Directors – Military Appreciation Day Inc.

Galleries: MAD 2017 Morehead City

MAD 2016 Charleston Event Summary

The Charleston Chapter of Military Appreciation Day, Inc. would like to thank the 39 brave captains who put 110 Active Duty Troops on the water on a chilly November morning, and made our event another huge success.  Boat captains left from 5 different ramps around Charleston County, and we were able to have pier captains and Troops at the Mt. Pleasant and Folly Beach piers.  Adventure Harbor Tours used their big pontoon boat to transport surf captains and Troops to fish the beach on Morris Island.

Friday evening at the Captains Meeting, each Captain received a newly minted MAD Charleston Chapter ”Commemorative Coin”.   A spectacular spaghetti dinner was provided by LG’s / Hanahan’s, and we had music by “Old Dogs, New Tricks”.  After supper, we were blessed to have Mr. John Polosky give us a brief history lesson of MAD.

Saturday evening before dinner, we gathered the troops outside for a group photo, and while we had the them still, the captains were able to hand out MAD Charleston coins to their Troops.  After a quick prayer, everyone was treated to a hot and delicious  BBQ dinner provided by the Pioneer Smokers, and music from Fat Alice”.

We had twenty-two door prizes for the Troops: four sets of cornhole boards (they were signed underneath by the captains and crew Friday night) and eighteen rod & reel combos.

We would like to thank Carolina Composites for their continued support, and Rivers Edge Marina for hosting our event again.  Thanks to Mark Hood for building the cornhole boards, and Hadrell’s Point & Penn who made the rod and reel give-away possible.  Thank you also to Adventure Harbor Tours, SAIC, Way Back Burgers, Sign It Quick, Lowcountry Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Ritt Ritter, Nick Verano, and those who traveled from Virginia and North Carolina for their support of MAD Charleston 2016.

We look forward to seeing everyone at MAD 2017 Charleston, which will be on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017.

Galleries: MAD 2016 Charleston

MAD 2016 Lewes: After Event Report

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.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!