By RAY SASSER
The event that’s been called “Conservation’s Greatest Night” lived up to its billing March 6 when Park Cities Quail grossed more than $1 million during its annual fund-raising auction and banquet.
PCQ committee chairman Joe Crafton said the amount raised is easily a record, though it’ll take awhile to figure the net proceeds. All of PCQ’s net proceeds are used for quail research. The PCQ event is organized by a volunteer committee. Event speeches by T. Boone Pickens and George Strait are posted on YouTube. Strait received the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award.
Pickens paid $130,000 in the live auction for four VIP tickets to Strait’s last concert, and he also donated a quail hunt for six couples to his Mesa Vista Ranch. The hunt sold for $175,000. The live auction earned $850,000.