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6/7/05 - Longview

Neal McCoy Headlines Tyler Cattle Barons'

  This weekend is an important time for the American Cancer Society in Tyler. It's the annual Cattle Barons' Gala. It's one of the biggest fundraisers for the ACS. One of the people helping to bring in the crowd is local country music sensation, Neal McCoy. For this report, I met up with Neal in Longview to talk about why this cause is, personally, so important to him.

  Neal McCoy is one of the most gracious people you'll meet in East Texas. This Saturday night, June 11th, he'll be the headliner for the Tyler Cattle Barons' Gala. "It's great to be home and great to be helping a worthy cause," says Neal.

  It's a cause that hits close to home for this local musician. Neal says, "My father-in-law passed away from cancer four years ago and with our foundation, the East Texas Angel Network, we help numerous children with cancer."

  Every year Neal helps raise funds for several American Cancer Society events throughout the country. "When you're there and you see someone, a survivor or someone who's got cancer now, it touches your heart and brings you back some great memories. Although we lost my father-in-law, I have a brother-in-law who survived cancer."

  That brother-in-law is country music singer Kevin Sharp. "When he was 18 in high school, he was given very few weeks to live. In fact, he's a make a wish survivor. He had gotten that far down that they gave him his last wish, but he survived. So, that's a great story," explains Neal.

  It makes Neal realize how precious each day is and why he puts his heart into each performance. The Tyler Cattle Barons will be no different. "If anybody's ever seen us expect more of that junk. If you've never seen us, just expect to have fun," he says with a big chuckle.

  Fun, along with a variety of music from country to rock-n-roll. "So, if someone doesn't like us for a minute, hang on, you'll like us in a minute, or we hope anyway," says Neal with a laugh.

  Although Neal's specialty is entertaining, he's perhaps best known for giving back to our community and in this case, helping the American Cancer Society.

  "We'll make sure that whatever you pay for a ticket price or donate or contribute, our show will be well worth that and whole lot more," says Neal.

  The 18th annual Tyler Cattle Barons' Gala where Neal McCoy will be performing is June 11th at the Graham Farms in Bullard. For ticket information call 903-597-1348. Or, go to our home page and click on the "Know More On 7" link on the right side of the page and then click on the section titled "Tyler Cattle Barons."

Gillian Sheridan reporting.


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