By Jim Goodson

Jacksonville native Neal McCoy’s East Texas Angel Network is the beneficiary of Love Me Tender, a June 23 tribute to Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. on Longview’s T.G. Field Auditorium.

Tribute artists from throughout the Southwest are expected to compete in the event that is part of year-long, nationwide contest to determine the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.

“Now is the time to enter,” Jacksonville’s Melody Walters, the owner of Mel’s Quick Stop and an organizer of the event, said. Her daughter has benefitted from the East Texas Angel Network, a charitable foundation started by Neal McCoy and his wife, Melinda, to help the children of East Texas and their families. Currently the foundation has raised more than $3.5 million dollars in 10 years.

ETAN is committed to enhancing the lives of the children of East Texas who are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases. ETAN, through fundraising activities such as Love Me Tender, provides financial assistance for medical treatments and related costs to the children of East Texas and their families.

The Longview event is one of 23 such contests nationwide that will ultimately lead to the final Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis.

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