LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - A sure sign that fall is here, is an annual charity event put on by an East Texas country music star.
But with Covid-19 complications, this event can’t be held with a live audience.
But the annual ‘East Texas Angel Network’ concert, hosted by Neal McCoy, will go on in a different way.
For 25 years, McCoy has held his annual concert in front of big crowds, but not this year.
“With Covid out, our East Texas Angel Network concert is taking place this weekend on the Saturday night that we’ve had for the first 25 years we had the concert, we’re not going to be able to do that,” Neal says.
The event raises money to help children and their families who suffer from life threatening or debilitating illnesses with medical bills and expenses.
Something that has become a mission for Neal and his family over the years.
“It is a mission for my wife and i, so we thought we’d start the foundation, put money into it, so when people needed it , it would already be there,” McCoy says.
But Neal will not cancel this year. The cause is too important.
“We’re going to be having a live virtual concert,” he says.
Early in his career he was inspired to get involved with a family that had a child suffering from bone cancer.
“A lot of people will reach out to you for help no matter what you do. We did what we could, but couldn’t do enough felt like. My wife and I said how can we help the most,” says Neal.
And the Angel Network was born.
Since then the effort has raised over 10-million dollars for families over the years.
“The money goes right back to the children and the families in northeast Texas. As long as we’re in a position to help people, we want to do that,” he says.
You can see Neal’s virtual concert beginning at 6:30 Saturday night on his Facebook page, or by logging on to ‘easttexasangelnetwork.com.’