At our 12th Annual Dinner & Auction on March 8, we awarded our 2018 T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award to the consummate quail hunter, Rick Snipes, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Mr. Snipes was presented a specially designed sculpture of three flushing bobwhite quail created by award-winning sculptor Walter Matia. The Snipes Ranch, in Aspermont, TX, has been referred to by many as “the Augusta National of quail hunting”, and those who have received an invitation to hunt there would endorse that designation.
Following the award presentation, we held our Live Auction, which featured several hunts, excursions, and experiences. An armada of ships including a 164 ft Westport yacht for 6 couples in the Bahamas was auctioned off for a record $400,000, and then the fleet’s owner, Carl Allen, donated a second identical trip for another $400,000. Also, we auctioned off a pheasant hunt to Paul Nelson Farm in South Dakota with legendary newscaster, and 2017 T. Boone Pickens Award Recipient, Tom Brokaw, for $200,000. The winning bidder will be accompanied by Brokaw, Silver Star Recipient John Wayne Walding, and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Thornton. 100% of the proceeds from this special auction item will be donated to organizations specializing in rehabilitating veterans thru involving them in outdoor hunting and fishing activities.
The 12th Annual Dinner & Auction was attended by nearly 1,100 quail supporters. Our event grossed over $2.2 million, and after all expenses, we were able to NET $1.7 MILLION! This is a testament to our hard working committee and our outstanding supporters and sponsors. Please mark your calendars for March 7, 2019 for our 13th Annual Dinner & Auction. Please like our Park Cities Quail Facebook page to stay informed on updates for next year’s event, as well as all of our other events throughout the year.