Flags raised high, friends and families in our thoughts, and events around the area all celebrated and honored military service members in the days surrounding Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. The Charleston Chapter of Military Appreciation Day (MAD) was no exception.
This chapter, co-founded by Andy Bajoczky a Project Manager at Cranston Engineering Group, P.C.’s Charleston location, held its event Saturday, November 11, 2017. Through generous volunteerism and donations, this one-day event groups active duty service members with volunteers who all go out for a day of fishing. At the conclusion, all participants and volunteers gather at the event site for a cookout, games, giveaways, and a band. All activities are provided for the service members for free. For 2017, MAD Charleston had 38 volunteer captains, and took approximately 95 service members out fishing. Over the first two years of operations, MAD Charleston has taken 192 service members fishing, and fed 270 service members, families, and volunteers at the cookout. Everyone’s face held a smile at the end of the event!
MAD Charleston Chapter representatives shared a heartfelt message, saying, “To the captains, volunteers, donors, fellow MAD chapter members and supporters, the MAD Charleston Chapter would like to thank you for making our third event a huge success and we hope to see you again this fall. November will be here you know it and our event cannot be a success without your support.”
The MAD website provides information on how to get involved by volunteering time, volunteering the use of a boat/captain, and becoming a donor. For details, visit http://militaryappreciationday.org.
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ABOUT MAD – CHARLESTON CHAPTER
The Charleston Chapter was founded in 2015 by MAD Volunteers who in previous years have traveled from South Carolina to participate in the Morehead City and Southport, NC events. The Charleston Chapter of MAD continues to promote the wishes of Military Appreciation Day, Inc.’s mission of “One, Simple, THANKS” to the great men and women of our Armed Forces by bringing the organization and event to South Carolina. Please keep our nation’s service men and women in your thoughts and prayers, because without their protection our freedoms would be taken away.
ABOUT MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY (MAD)
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. There are several “Chapters” of MAD volunteers that oversee and organize MAD events in various locations. 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, there are 4 MAD Chapters: MAD Morehead City (North Carolina), MAD Southport (North Carolina), MAD Tidewater (Virginia), and MAD Charleston (South Carolina).