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Slice of historic '94 Bonfire centerpole part of A&M Club auction

Zachary "Logan" Harrell '14 November 29, 2022 4:25 PM updated: November 30, 2022 10:57 AM

The Capital City A&M Club is hosting an online Holiday Gift Auction from now until Dec. 18! Link: 

Proceeds from this auction will go to support the Club's Future Aggie Scholarship Fund. Each year, the Capital City A&M Club awards scholarships to high-achieving high school seniors in the Austin area with financial need who will be attending Texas A&M. To date, the Club has successfully raised over $2 million in scholarships over the decades from generous donors and fellow Aggies. We continue our mission to raise scholarship funds by hosting this online auction so Aggies everywhere can bid on special gifts in time for the holidays for a good cause!

The Club is also excited to partner with the Austin Humane Society for this online auction in honor of the 50-year partnership between Texas A&M and the Austin Humane Society. From upgraded facilities, to increased opportunities for surgical education and teaching of shelter medicine, this partnership has benefited so many veterinarian students and helped to provide high-quality care for pets at the Austin Humane Society. In honor of this partnership, proceeds from this online auction will also go to the benefit of the Austin Humane Society as they continue to offer amazing services to the Central Texas area. 

This online Holiday Gift Auction includes a one-of-a-kind legendary piece of Aggie history donated by Dr. Larry Grosse '83, head of Texas A&M's construction science department in the early 1990s. Dr. Grosse spent significant time advising the redpots during his tenure to teach them how to build a safe, longer-burning and larger Aggie Bonfire using an interlocking core system. Only three Aggie Bonfire centerpoles have not been burned during Texas A&M's history ('63, the original '94 centerpole, and '99). For his service, Dr. Grosse was given part of the first 1994 centerpole, which never burned because after torrential rains caused the stack to tilt, it was pulled down and rebuilt in seven days with a new centerpole. Dr. Grosse has created a slice of that original 1994 centerpole with commemorative wood burning and guide ropes for display. This 1994 centerpole highlights the resiliency of the Aggie student body to rebuild after adversity. This is an amazing opportunity to own a piece of the spirit of Aggie Bonfire for some great causes. We also have several items signed by Coach Jimbo Fisher that can be great holiday gifts. So don't delay and start bidding at until Dec. 18!

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