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?
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all of our sponsors this year!
BARC Animal Shelter
Barnes & Noble at Texas A&M University
Come and Take It Apparel
Gloria and Jack Franklin
Houston Aggie Mom’s Club
Nan’s Blossom Shop
Ross Rustic Tables
Shannon Fine Jewelry
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
William Chris Vineyards
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!