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What is Gala?

CARPOOL's Largest Annual Fundraiser

Because our services are free, we rely heavily on fundraising efforts and donations to stay in operation. This semi-formal event is comprised of a sit down dinner as well as a live and silent auction that typically raise money to account for close to a quarter of the following year's operating budget. Gala 2015: Old CARPOOL Glamour will take place this year on March 7, 2015 from 6 to 10 pm at Phillips Event Center at Briarcrest in Bryan, Texas. We will be adopting the flair of Old Hollywood Glamour to celebrate CARPOOL's 15th anniversary!

What Can I Expect to See at Gala?


Austrailian Shepard Mix puppy + A puppy starter kit including food, a bed, leash and color and toys!

Donor, exhibitor, Peter Thormahlen of Thormahlen & Cochran Safaris, has donated a fantastic 7 day safari for one hunter and one observer. The hunter receives a credit of $1,000 on the total of trophies hunted:  you hunt the trophies of your choice and we give you a credit to start with!  We are dedicated to make your African safari an unforgettable experience. 

The variety of trophy animals available, and photographic tour opportunities, will exceed your wildest expectations and our website, www.africatrophyhunting will guide you through the memories of many happy and satisfied clients.

T&C provides exclusive hunting lodges with spacious bedrooms and fully equipped bathrooms, excellent cuisine, hearty breakfasts, 4x4 Land Cruiser hunting cars, highly trained trackers, skinners and professional hunters.

CARPOOL Quilt donated by the Dunlop family

CARPOOL Quilt donated by the Dunlop Family

Mangelsen Print

Thomas D. Mangelsen Limited Edition Print - "Morning Light - Bull Elk"

Silent Auction Item Preview:

Blanket with Swedish Weaving

Blanket with Hand finished Swedish weaving

Made by Emma Brown, Grandmother of Jake Ingle

Ray Bans    

How Can I Attend?

Purchase a Ticket or Table

In order to purchase tickets or a table for Gala 2015: Old CARPOOL Glamour, please follow this link:

If you are purchasing a full table, email to indicate the food choices--beef, chicken or vegetarian--for each member of the table, which seats a total of ten (10) people. 

This year we are offering the option of buying a Premium Table, which provides superior seat placement at the event for the live auction and advanageous views of the speakers.

If you would like more information regarding the upcoming Gala on March 7, 2015 or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email

How Can You Help? 

All donations made towards Gala or CARPOOL are tax deductible thanks to CARPOOL's 501(c)(3) non-profit status!

Become an Underwriter

As an underwriter of Gala above the Emerald level, you will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the event, an advertisement at the event (size will vary depending on underwriter level), and the knowledge that you have graciously helped further the mission of CARPOOL.  If you are interested in becoming an underwriter, please mail a check and letter to the address at the bottom of the page or email for more information.

      • Underwriter Levels
        • $1500 Diamond 
        • $1000 Ruby 
        • $750 Emerald
        • General Sponsor - all donations are appreciated
      • Current Underwriters - Thank you so much!
        • Diamond - The Montgomery Family
        • Ruby - Liquid Minerals Group, Inc.
        • Ruby - 1600 Legal
        • General - Mr. Jack Casimir

Donate an Item

If you have or know of an item that CARPOOL could use in Gala's live or silent auctions, we would love to hear from you. We love having a variety of in-kind donations, ranging from tangible items like autographed memorobilia to intangible items such as gift certificates and weekend getaways.

If you're interested in making an item donation for Gala's auctions or a monetary donation to help cover Gala's many expenses, please contact the Director of Gala, Rachel Smith. Checks should be made out to CARPOOL (Gala in note section) and mailed to:


Attn: Rachel Smith

Department of Student Activities

TAMU 1236

College Station, Texas 77843-1236

Gala's 2014-2015 Director and Deputies

            Rachel Smith - Director               

Taylor Sourdellia - Deputy Director 

Taylor Quance - Deputy Director