Del Campo High students raise funds for Kids Helping Kids dream

Published: Thursday, May. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 16, 2013 - 8:20 am

Six Del Campo High School students are on a mission – that of helping other kids in the Sacramento region.

It all started in December, when they found out a classmate was homeless.

"We couldn't imagine what she was going through," said Laura Noble, a senior at the Fair Oaks school. "It's crazy that we all have cars, and she can't even get to school."

The students learned of the nonprofit Kids Helping Kids, based in Santa Barbara, and decided to open a Sacramento chapter. The goal of Kids Helping Kids, the students say, is to make dreams possible through charitable grants and donations.

Almost immediately, the new chapter sprang into action. Under Noble's leadership, members are organizing a music gala at the Crest Theatre on K Street this Saturday to raise money for needy children.

The event will feature a performance by singer Tyrone Wells and the Northern California Children's Chorus.

But the group is now having trouble filling seats.

"We've only sold 300 out of 975 tickets," Noble said, adding the group also had to scale back its fundraising goal from $100,000 to $20,000.

The gala, which includes a silent auction and raffle, will cost $14,000 to put on. So far, the students have raised $6,500 from corporate donors.

Still, the chapter's officers and its 137 student members are working around the clock to put on the best event possible. After school on Tuesday, dozens of students stayed late to wrap the silent auction items.

The Sacramento students hope their organization can replicate the success of the original Kids Helping Kids in Santa Barbara. That group, founded 11 years ago at San Marcos High School, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Matt Zavoral, a junior who does marketing for the local chapter, said putting on the event has given them "real world experience."

"I learned more from Kids Helping Kids than an economics class," Zavoral said.

Noble said her goal is to change the "perception that our generation doesn't care about other people."

"This is the opportunity to show we care," she said.

KIDS HELPING KIDS MUSIC GALA

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Tickets range from $12 to $45.

Information: For ticket sales or to donate, call (916) 220-8862 or go to http://kidshelpingkidssac.org/events/benefit-gala

Call The Bee's Richard Chang, (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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