For some, he’s your favorite country star from Texas. For others, he’s your favorite country star ever. He’s the King of Country Music, and there are those that say he’s the last great traditional country star. And in his home state, George Strait is now also the Texan of the Year.
George was just granted this honorable title by the Texas Legislative Conference in recognition of his hurricane relief efforts this year.
Conference chairman and former Texas state representative Doug Miller says, “No one has done more than George Strait to raise awareness and funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. He put his well-earned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans. And they have.”
The New Braunfels website also reports that George’s hurricane relief work has already raised more than $50 million. And it doesn’t sound like the Potent native is finished.
At the Country Music Hall of Fame medallion ceremony in October, George told Rare Country’s Hunter Kelly, “It’s been amazing. Everybody wants to help and is helping who can, and we’re just doing all we can to get everybody back on their feet. Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Houston — all of those areas need help, especially the ones down further south … those areas that we don’t want to forget about that need our help. So, we’re trying to do that.”
George, who had a home in Rockport prior to the hurricane, visited the area to assess the damage shortly after the August storm leveled much of the Texas coastline, and his presence alone was a boost for the residents of that devastated area. Since then, he hosted the Hand In Hand concert in San Antonio with help from Chris Stapleton and fellow Texans Miranda Lambert, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, to benefit Texas affected by the disaster. He also took part in the Country Rising benefit concert in Nashville, which also included Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley.
And George isn’t the only celebrity to be honored for their selfless giving on behalf of of their Lone Star State neighbors.
Fellow Texan — literally — Houston Texan defensive end JJ Watt, has also been recognized for his valiant efforts in raising money for hurricane relief in his home state. JJ, who is on injured reserve after fracturing his leg in week five of the season, was named one of “Sports Illustrated’s” Sports Persons of the Year for raising more than $30 million after setting a goal of $200,000.
Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve was also named SI’s Sports Person of the Year after leading his team to the World Series and providing a much-needed distraction for his storm-ravaged city.
George will receive his commendation during a reception in New Braunfels, Texas, on March 22, 2018.
Kinda makes you want to get in the car and head to Texas for lunch at Whataburger. Meet you there in 12 hours!