What is Gala?

Since CARPOOL is a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on fundraising and donations to operate. This event consists of a formal dinner, silent auction, and a live auction to raise almost half of the yearly funds required for CARPOOL to operate.

This year’s Gala was held on March 24, 2018. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we raised $45,233!

Our next Gala will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

How Can You Help? 

Monetary Donations

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

 Checks should be made out to CARPOOL (with ‘Gala’ written in the Memo line) and mailed to:

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

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 memorabilia to intangible items such as gift certificates and weekend getaways.

If you would like more information about Gala or are interested in supporting Gala via an item and/or a monetary donation, please email the Director of Gala, Bethany Wennerstrom, at

Thanks to all of our sponsors this year!

Aggie Athletics

Aggieland Outfitters

Aggieland Supplements

BARC Animal Shelter

Barnes & Noble at Texas A&M University

Benjamin Knox

Beth Ridens


Come and Take It Apparel

Complete Nutrition

Corin Tschoepe


DeeDee Pedersen

Emily Samik


Fearfully Made

Fiesta Spice

Gloria and Jack Franklin

Haley Hill

Half-Price Books

Home Depot

Houston Aggie Mom’s Club

Houston Astros

Joe’s BBQ

John Pena

Josue Rodriguez

Judy Smith

Katie Kimball

Katie Santerre

Kenedy Lieberman

KLA Travels


Laura Jones

Lauren PeCoy

Leticia Hernandez

Lori Dunlop

Maddy Welkener

Megan Majewski

Melania Gutierrez

Metroflex BCS

Nan’s Blossom Shop

Nicole Wappelhorst

Pottery Garden

Robert Welzbacher

Ross Rustic Tables

Roy Ward

Rustic Loom


Shannon Fine Jewelry

Smoothie King

Storm Rubio

Sydney Carsten

The Chamberlain Family

The Dallas Mavericks

The Hensley Family

The Kissinger family

The Majewski family

The Migura Family

The Namee family

The Orth Family

The Perez Family

The Pieper Family

The Rivas Family

The Smith Family

The Starling Family

The Stella Hotel

The Warehouse by CC Creations

The Wennerstrom Family

The Wreath Diva

The Young Family

Thomas Fallon Photography

Tyson Migura

Waco Woodworks

William Chris Vineyards

William Voigt

Wyatt Kiel

Live Auction Basket Items for 2018 

4 Box Tickets to Houston Astros v. San Francisco Giants on 5/22/18

Take me out to the ball game! But forget the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, I want to be sitting in style while I watch the reigning World Series Champions take on the Giants. Come enjoy the fun of America’s pastime!

Cruise Voucher

Immerse yourself in the lap of luxury at a destination of your choice. Choose a cruise to any destination from any cruise line and any port to share a fantastic getaway with your favorite person. Donated by KLA Travel.

Thomas Fallon Photography Experience

Smile for the camera! Enjoy a portrait experience with Thomas Fallon, one of the most awarded photographers in the country, and the artists and craftsmen who work with him. Thomas travels to most major cities on regularly scheduled trips to create portraits for his patrons. This five hour experience includes a portrait planning session, one hour portrait session, and sessions to edit and select the perfect images!

Handcrafted Adirondack Chairs

These adirondack chairs are connected by an ice chest and table combination. Sit back and relax in these beautiful chairs with a cold beverage! The chairs have been handcrafted and stained by Eugene Kissinger.

Pallet Ice Chest

Created with pallets, this ice chest is sure to be a cool addition to your home! The ice chest is Igloo brand and there is an iron Texas A&M sign attached to the front. Handcrafted by Megan Majewski ‘12.

Rolling Pantry

Love cooking but don’t have enough room for your kitchen essentials? This rolling shelving unit can fit between a fridge and a wall to make up for a lack of pantry or cabinet space. Handmade by Alix and Alan Chamberlain.

Handcrafted Bassinet

Baby fever? Here’s a beautiful bassinet for your newborn. This special item can also make a great gift. This bassinet has been graciously handcrafted by Rob Welzbacher (Former CARPOOL Member) in San Antonio, TX with locally harvested, reclaimed wood.

Metal Fire Pit

This one of a kind fire pit is sure to spruce up your yard and keep you warm on a chilly Texas night! The fire pit was handcrafted and donated by the Fumic Family.

Ladies Diamond Earrings

Slip these diamond earrings on and immediately become the belle of the ball. These 14k white gold pave earrings have been graciously donated by Shannon Fine Jewelry in The Woodlands, TX. There is a total weight of 0.76 carats, G color, and SI clarity.

Gala Puppy

Puppies are nature’s perfect stress reliever! This lovable 8 week old Beagle Mix will truly be your best friend from now until the end of time. Courtesy of the BARC Animal Shelter, she has all of her shots, has already been spayed, and even comes with the puppy starter kit essentials!