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 2016 will take place this year on April 2nd, 2016. Look for your Save the Date this fall. If you would like further information or to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail Shannon Hughes, Director of Gala, at

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.

Live and Silent Auction Items from Previous Galas:


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. 

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"

Blanket with Swedish Weaving

Blanket with Hand finished Swedish weaving

Ray Bans     
Other Items to accompany many of our themed baskets!

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, Shannon Hughes. Checks should be made out to CARPOOL (Gala in note section) and mailed to:

ATTN: Shannon Hughes
1236 TAMU
125 John J. Koldus Building
College Station, Texas 77843-1236





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