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Aggie Mom Boutique Raises Scholarships By Selling Goods

Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 February 8, 2018 3:47 PM updated: March 5, 2018 11:19 AM

A one-stop-shop for all things maroon, the annual Aggie Mom Boutique is coming back to Aggieland April 13-14, coinciding with Family Weekend.

Hosted by the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs, a chartered Constituent Network of The Association of Former Students, at the Boutique, Aggie Moms' Clubs from across the state will be selling a variety of Aggie-themed goods including clothing, jewelry and décor.

“If you can imagine something in maroon and white, you will likely find it at Boutique,” said Carolyn Fey Phelan ’89, Federation president and Comal County Aggie Moms Club parliamentarian. “Clubs will also have many raffle opportunities.”

The Boutique runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, on the second floor of the MSC in all three ballrooms and in the hallways that connect them. Admission is free.

“Proceeds from the sale all go to benefit Texas A&M University either through student scholarships or through donations to campus student organizations,” Phelan said.

The major fundraiser of the year for most of the 108 Aggie Moms' Clubs, last year’s event netted about $400,000 in gross sales from thousands of shoppers that was turned around and given to A&M students in scholarships or to student organizations.

“Last year, 2016-2017, our clubs reported giving back a total of over $650,000 from Boutique income and all other fundraising sources to the university, including branch campuses, by way of either student scholarships or donations to student organizations,” Phelan said. 

One special item available during this year’s event is an original oil painting from renowned Aggie artist Benjamin Knox ’90. “Aggie Mom Quilt” is a 43.26 in. by 31.25 in. painting valued at about $10,000 and donated by Knox to the Federation to be raffled during Boutique. Ten signed and numbered prints of the painting, each valued at $100, will also be available in the raffle. The winner of the original painting is responsible for its taxes.

"While growing up in Lubbock ... in the mid-80s, the economy crash left me 100 percent responsible for my higher education," Knox said. "The Texas A&M Club and the Aggie Moms' Club of Lubbock both pulled together scholarship funds that helped enable me to attend A&M and be in the Corps. The Aggie moms were always so great to me while I was a student by offering goody bags and encouragement. When I started my art career out of necessity to help pay for school as a sophomore (in dorm 6), the Aggie moms again encouraged me and asked me to come speak at all of the different clubs, which helped give my art exposure.

"I've had the good fortune through the years with my art career and business to continually help the Aggie moms. I love that they give help and encouragement to students in need the same help that I once so desperately needed. So I'm excited to help the Aggie moms in their quest to make a difference in Aggies lives."

Another 240 signed and numbered prints of the donated painting were disbursed to 81 mothers’ clubs that used them to raise funds for scholarships for their individual clubs.

“Of the clubs that chose to participate (81 of 108) over $42,000 was raised and went towards over 115 scholarships, which varied in amounts from $100 to $1,000, depending on the club and their situation,” Phelan said. “That was an awesome gift from Benjamin Knox that we in turn could give back to some very deserving Aggie students.”

Raffle tickets for the painting and prints are $10 each. To purchase tickets, contact Janet Davis '79 by email at Tickets will also be available during Boutique.

Phelan said she hopes everyone in town for Family Weekend stops by the MSC on their way to the Maroon and White spring game at Kyle Field to learn more about Aggie Moms' Clubs and perhaps get some holiday shopping done early.

“You can get all your shopping done for all the Aggies on your list in this weekend and be done for the year,” Phelan said. “And in doing so you are helping these clubs provide scholarships for deserving young people.”

Phelan said many clubs take credit cards and some take personal checks but an ATM is located inside the MSC.

For where to park, visit here.

Also during Family Weekend, the Federation will hold a business meeting, directory dedication and election of officers for 2018-19 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Koldus 110. On Saturday, the general meeting and installation of new officers is set for 8:30 a.m. also in Koldus 110, ahead of the boutique.

To learn more about the Federation, visit here; for more about Constituent Networks chartered with The Association, visit here.

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