Charleston’s Military Appreciation Day is Oct. 12

This year's Charleston Military Appreciation Day is Oct. 12 out of Freehouse Brewery on the Ashley River.

MAD volunteers take military members fishing

The Charleston, S.C. Military Appreciation Day (MAD) is Oct. 12, 2019. MAD volunteers bring their boats to take military members for a full day of fishing at no charge. Other volunteers help organize the event and cook meals for the anglers.

So what is MAD?

A MAD event is a day on which volunteers take active duty troops out for a full day of inshore and/or offshore fishing. For the troops, the entire day and all activities and services are free. At the end of the day the troops, their families and boat volunteers are treated to a huge southern-style cookout – which is also free.

Military Appreciation Day, Inc is a 501(c)3 organization consisting of a board of directors and several committee chairs who coordinate the events that are carried out by legions of volunteers.

It is important to point out that neither the board of directors, committee chairs or any volunteers receive any compensation, salary or stipend. We all labor for love of country and respect for those who defend it.

Several “Chapters” of MAD volunteers oversee and organize MAD events

The original MAD Chapter is referred to as Morehead City. Though the first two MAD events in 2006 and 2007 took place at Fort Macon, NC; subsequent events have been in various locations and are coordinated by chapter committees.

Currently (April 2015), there are five MAD Chapters.

MAD Morehead City (North Carolina)
MAD Southport (North Carolina)
MAD Tidewater (Virginia)
MAD Charleston (South Carolina)

This year’s Charleston event is being held out of Freehouse Brewery on the Ashley River. The captain’s meeting is at Freehouse on Oct. 11. The event is being sponsored by Avenger Boats, Bulls Bay Boats, Pioneer Boats, Rivers Edge Marina, Freehouse Brewery, Tow Boat US, Adventure Harbor Tours, Haddrell’s Point Tackle & Supply, FAT Alice, Lowcountry Innovation Center, and SAOS  Capital.

If you’d like to volunteer in any capacity, click here.

If you’re an active duty military member and you’d like to participate, click here.

Click here to read about Cowden Plantation’s deer hunts for military members and veterans.

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