A Twist on Fundraising: Students Participate in First Club-a-Palooza


Maryam Shama

Club members and sophomores Annika Lai, Miranda Wang and Lauren Hwang scoop out ice cream and churros in return for tickets for Create the Change Club. Hwang founded the club in order to help families in Peru, and plans on using the money earned from Club-a-Palooza to purchase lotions, vitamins and other materials to help the children in need.

Annie Qiao and Maryam Shama

Peaking students’ interest during lunch with colorful posters advertising the variety of food, ASB held its first annual Club-a-Palooza on May 3 throughout the Timeline during an extended lunch, allowing clubs to fundraise as well as gain student awareness.

Students purchased tickets for a dollar each in front of the ASB office in order to trade them for foods ranging from slushies to McDonald’s. In total, the event raised around 1,300 dollars, according to clubs commissioner and sophomore Kayden Lea.

“I thought [Club-a-Palooza] was really cool, and it was interesting to see everyone. The food was good,” freshman Jada Ulep said. “The best part about Club-a-Palooza was that it gave an opportunity for the clubs to get their resources and gain money, and for the students to experience this and get food.”

Although there were a few clubs that went with the traditional fundraisers, such as a Lollicup sale, certain clubs, such as Entrepreneurship and Investment Club, deviated from the norm with snacks that students normally would not be able to purchase at the cafeteria.

“We decided to sell Chicken McNuggets because we knew that McNuggets were both affordable and popular among the students,” Entrepreneurship and Investment Club co-president and sophomore Richard Yea said. “I really liked the concept of Club-a-Palooza, especially because it was so successful schoolwide, and many clubs were able to raise funds from it.”

Being its first year, some club presidents expressed apprehension that the event may not gain a large turnout or be successful. However, after experimenting with it, Lea said he sees a promising future for this event and deems it as a successful event in terms of profit and enjoyment.

“It went really well for its first year,” Lea said. “Before, no one really knew about it, but afterwards once all the clubs started selling food, a lot of people got excited about it…”