CARPOOL brings Halloween early
Monster Mash fundraiser to strengthen community ties, group says
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 23:10
Halloween will make an early appearance Sunday when CARPOOL hosts its annual fall fundraiser, “DRIVEN: Monster Mash 5K and Fun Run.”
The event will take place at 11 a.m. at Kleburg Plaza, and attendees are encouraged to dress up, bring their pets, get their faces painted and trick or treat at CARPOOL’s largest fall fundraiser. The fun run will also feature a 1K route for younger kids.
Jake Ingle, director of fundraising for CARPOOL, said people join the costumed 5K because it is a fun event and it raises money to support the organization that serves students with free rides home every weekend.
“CARPOOL is a service here at Texas A&M that relies almost entirely on donations from Texas A&M, local businesses, alumni, SGA, MSC and also money we make through fundraisers such as this,” Ingle said. “By coming out and supporting CARPOOL by running, you are helping to ensure that current students, future students and anybody else that chooses to utilize CARPOOL will have this service available to them.”
Ingle said he expects to see the ties Texas A&M and CARPOOL have with Bryan-College Station strengthened at this fun run designed for families and students.
“This is a community event, and as such we expect to see a large number of students interacting with members of the community, thus strengthening Texas A&M and CARPOOL’s ties to College Station and Bryan,” Ingle said.
Senior biomedical sciences major and CARPOOL member, Kathryn Ganter, said because the fun run is held in early October, it gives people a reason to start getting excited about costumes and trick or treating in a fun way.
“Last year we had people dressed up like Braveheart, a lady with a hotdog outfit for her dachshund and a guy that ran the whole thing in a gorilla suit,” Ganter said.
Senior mathematics major Adrian Heredia said he joined CARPOOL both for the fun it provides and because of friends who died in alcohol related accidents. Heredia said he looks forward to garnering support for CARPOOL in a lighthearted way.
“The real reason we’re here is to promote awareness so we can prevent accidents from occurring,” Heredia said.