Back in 2010 the CHS Red Cross Club sold this shirt as a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake relief. We would like to do that again. Same design with updated year but the shirts will be white with red printing. The cost is $20 per shirt or $40 for a grey sweatshirt. You can venmo (@thisclub-saveslives) PayPal ( ) or drop a check payable to This Clubs Saves Lives to the Carmel High School ASB office. Order form

The club took some time off this summer and are excited to get back to work in person at Carmel High School in August.

While distance learning had its ups and downs, we are proud that our club kept going with online weekly Zoom meetings while working to build our social media presence. We now have weekly Mental Health Monday, Tampon Tuesday, and Water Wednesday posts.

During distance learning we made over 100 blankets and donated them to local shelters. We also continued our yearly Thirst Gala, the first virtual concert for us, and we had our first water walk when we came back to campus to raise funds for Thirst Project.

Our members stayed busy throughout the pandemic and the club helped give students a connection to Carmel High School. Besides making blankets we also made valentines for the entire school and made holiday baskets for families impacted by the Carmel Fire in August.

We may be in distance learning but the club found a way to keep the Valentine tradition alive! The club wrote 800+ postcards and sent them to every Carmel High School student.

Abby and Olivia presented at the Monterey County Office of Education’s All In for Equity (virtual) Conference. Along with students from Rancho San Juan and MPUSD, Abby and Olivia told participants about This Club Saves Lives initiatives.

The club is on the second round of blanket making! We have delivered over 100 blankets to the Casa de Noche Buena (Community Human Services), Voices for Children/CASA in Salinas, Monterey County SPCA, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, and All In Monterey.

Blanket making material can be picked up from the ASB office Tuesday-Thursday 8am-3pm.

Get ready for the first Carmel High School Virtual Thirst Gala on Friday, December 11 at 6pm on YouTube.

Pick up lunch or dinner from Rise+Roam in Carmel. Use the code CHSavesLives for a donation to Thirst Gala. Settle in front of you TV or laptop to watch the Carmel High School Singer/Songwriters concert live on YouTube.

Purchase your ticket here. The cost is $10 per household (but extra donations are welcome). The email you use to purchase your ticket on Eventbrite will be used to send a link to the concert on the morning of December 11.

Besides live performances there will be other surprises throughout the evening! The show is about 1 hour.

All proceeds will support Thirst Project.


Published October 30, 2020.

This Club Saves Lives, a Carmel High School community service club, ran a Halloween fundraiser for the Food Bank for Monterey County last week to feed families around the peninsula. 

With the money that would normally be spent on candy, people could instead donate to the food bank by buying a Halloween-themed yard sign from the club for $25. The response was bigger than anyone had expected, showing that many Carmel families were hesitant to trick or treat due to possible health risks. In a little over a week, 160 signs were sold, and $3,000 was raised in total, according to the club adviser Leigh Cambra.

Halloween signs at the CHS pickup. (Photo by Marie Mathews)

“I am really excited about the success of the project,” Cambra says, “but I hope we don’t have to do it again and everyone is back to regular trick-or-treating next year.”

Junior Shannon Ikemiya, the secretary-treasurer of This Club Saves Lives, stepped up to the task of designing the signs. Three different designs were created, and people voted on their favorites.  

Shannon Ikemiya proudly displays her design. (Photo by Sonia Ikemiya)

“Having learned graphic design, I thought it would be a fun project to help with,” Ikemiya says.

Cambra got the idea from Peter Hiller, a resident of Mission Fields, the hotspot for trick-or-treaters all around the area. Hiller told Cambra he was planning to put out a yard sign explaining that he was donating instead of passing out candy, and the club took the idea to the next step, imagining a fundraiser to sell signs to others who weren’t comfortable trick-or-treating. 

“The club seemed to really embrace the idea, and I’m thrilled,” Hiller says. “I saw an email that they raised $3,000 that was going to the food bank. That’s way bigger than anything I expected.”

Overall, the fundraiser was a huge success, and Cambra says that This Club Saves Lives would love to do similar projects to bring good into the community, despite special events like Halloween being canceled. 

“I think a lot of us went into this thinking, ‘Oh, community service is going to be really hard,’” Cambra says. “Actually, there’s a lot of cool things you can do, and I think it’s pushing us to be better.” 

This Club Saves Lives has certainly seized the opportunity to help the community.

Published Nov. 7, 2020


This Club Saves Lives, a community service club at Carmel High School, had planned to host a socially distanced version of the annual Thirst Gala on Nov. 13, but their plan was rejected by CHS administration due to safety concerns, postponing the event indefinitely. 

The Thirst Gala is a fundraiser for the Thirst Project, a nonprofit organization that builds wells for people who lack access to clean, safe water. This Club Saves Lives has worked with them for five years. 

“In 2015, I connected with Thirst Project and invited them to present to our students,” explains Leigh Cambra, the teacher who advises This Club Saves Lives. “We were motivated to hold a fundraiser to help build a water well, and Thirst Gala was born!” 

According to junior Lily Weisenfeld, a vice president of the club, the plan for this year was to have the CHS Singer-Songwriters’ Guild perform a concert people could watch from their cars. Attendees also could have bought and picked up food from the Carmel restaurant Rise + Roam, which would donate a percentage of their earnings. 

“We still wanted to be able to donate to the Thirst Gala because it’s such an important cause,”says junior Shannon Ikemiya, a treasurer and secretary of the club.

This Club Saves Lives hosts the 2017 Thirst Gala at the CHS theater. This year’s event is still up in the air. (Photo by Leigh Cambra)

However, this year’s event would be much different from past years’, where people would dine and watch a live concert by the CHS Singer-Songwriters’ Guild together. Gusto’s, a local restaurant, and Martinelli’s have donated food and drinks to the fundraiser in the past, and there was a walk for water, an activity where people try to carry 44-pound jerrycans filled with water to simulate what many people around the world go through every day. 

“We basically had to rethink every part of the gala because no one has ever had to plan an event with these (social distancing) requirements before,” Weisenfeld says. 

Although the original plan was deemed unsafe, Cambra says the club is trying to get permission to do a live-streamed concert instead of a drive-in. They also hope people will be able to pick up pizza from the Pizza My Heart at the Del Monte Center and participate in a raffle for Pizza My Heart gift cards on Instagram. 

“Honestly, we just want there to be something,” Cambra says. “Our low expectations were to educate people on the world water crisis, give them a recipe to make at home while listening to a playlist. If we end up doing drive-in music while people eat dinner in their car, we will have actually reached our highest goal.”