George Strait accepted the award for “Texan of the Year” by the Texas Legislative Conference on Friday (March 23rd) at the 52nd annual statewide forum at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Strait was recognized for his many contributions to the state of Texas throughout the years, particularly within the last year for his role leading recovery efforts following the devastation of category 4 Hurricane Harvey. “King George” immediately set out organizing relief efforts beginning with the “Hand in Hand” Texas benefit concert and telethon which helped directly raise over $22 million towards hurricane recovery.
Strait was in attendance at the event. He accepted the award by saying, “I’m so proud to have grown up in the great state of Texas and so proud to be here today to accept this unbelievable honor. Texas is a big place filled with amazingly talented, smart people. How’d I end up here? Last year was a tough one for our great state. We’re still continuing to recover and with the help of the many loyal, kindhearted Texans, we will get these communities back on their feet again. It’s never surprising, but always amazing how in times of need, how generous the American people can be. I’ve had a great career and always been supported by the people here in Texas. This great honor is the tip top of my list.”
This May, the reigning Texan of the Year is set to perform to over 50,000 fans at the New Orleans Superdome.