The visits were organized by Wild Turkey, the famous bourbon distillery for which McConaughey is creative director, as part of their annual Wild Turkey Gives Back campaign.
“I’m Texas born and raised, so acknowledging the hard work and dedication of first responders in Houston is meaningful to me personally,” McConaughey said in a statement. “Over the past year alone with the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the Carolinas and Florida and the fires in California, the number of heroic men and women on the front lines of natural disasters is staggering. I am glad to make it to Houston to recognize how important these folks are and I am proud to work with Wild Turkey, who is making first responders a key focus of its Wild Turkey Gives Back campaign for 2018.”
McConaughey was accompanied on the visits by Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell. The two began their day at Houston Fire Station 26, followed by visits to City Hall to meet with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Police Department, Houston Emergency 911 Call Center, and Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Center. In total, McConaughey and Russell met with several hundred first responders during their Sunday tour around the city, and were often greeted by chants of “alright, alright, alright!”