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Big Names At Longview Concert

      The crowd was not disappointed at the 10th annual East Texas Angel Network concert, as Hollywood stars and local talent came to help the cause. Neal McCoy and his wife started the foundation 10 years ago to help children with debilitating diseases pay their medical bills. Each year people of all professions come out to assist the McCoy's with their worthy cause.

    "They come from all over the country to support our cause and so it's very rewarding to see them show up each year and obviously East Texas," McCoy says.

     The concert began with a strange promotional gimmick to raise money. Memory expert David McGee drove 10 miles blindfolded, with McCoy and Burton Gilliam riding along. McGee says it was his small donation.

    "Its important not to be blind to the needs of our community and its important to work with events like Neal McCoy," said McGee.

     The man many came to see was country music legend Charlie Pride, who brought his own band in to perform. Blazing saddles actor Burton Gilliam hosted the program and nationally recognized wildlife expert Jack Hannah brought a collection of exotic animals.

    "It does my heart good to know that you're helping people," McCoy says. They all donated their time, and it was appreciated by the people they were there to help.

Bob Hallmark reporting.

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