Local country music star Neal McCoy is set to perform Saturday at his 28th annual fundraiser concert in Longview.
The Neal McCoy & Friends Benefit Concert assists The East Texas Angel Network, which is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by McCoy and his wife, Melinda, to financially assist families who have children with serious illnesses and/or disabilities.
East Texas Angel Network Executive Director Miki Strong said the concert is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University and will have several special guests lined up for the evening. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders also are set to perform, Strong said.
Before the concert, the cheerleaders also will be in the Belcher Center foyer to take photos for donations, she said. A former Miss Texas USA is set to emcee the event an do an opening ventriloquist set, she said.
McCoy’s performance will close the concert.
The foundation is helping about 80 families in the Longview area with children suffering from a serious or life-threatening disease, Strong said.
“We help with secondary payments like partial rent, electrical bills, utilities...” she said.
Since the foundation was started 28 years ago, it’s helped more than 600 families in the area and raised more than $12 million for them, she said. Every year, the event-filled benefit weekend follows a routine schedule — a golf tournament on Friday followed by a banquet that evening and the concert on Saturday, Strong said.
Families who receive assistance from the foundation are given free tickets to the concert, she said. Families, along with their angel child, often will bring friends and others along to the concert.
“It’s to show support to those families that come to see a room full of people that are supporting them,” Strong said.
Tickets are available for the concert and can be purchased at the Belcher Center or online at tinyurl.com/mptpfuj9 .