Saturday, September 26, 2009

Aiken Fans Compile Cookie Votes

GALA PERFORMANCE - Clay Aiken sings at the 2008 National Inclusion Project's Champions Gala. Photo by PermaSwooned.

For National Inclusion Project

Fans Round Up Giveaway Votes

Visit any Clay Aiken message board, and you will find fans rounding up votes for the National Inclusion Project's run in the Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway, finalizing plans for the foundation's Oct. 17 Champions Gala in Raleigh, and deciphering tweets about their singer's latest sightings and possible recording plans.

Priority is accumulating as many votes as possible before the giveaway conclusion on Oct. 15 when t
he Nashville-based Christie Cookie Company will present $25,000 to the 12 charities with the most nominations. The winner and runner-up will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, while the next 10 charities will win $1,000 each.

Currently in a dead heat for third place, the charity co-founded by Clay and Diane Bubel in 2003 needs to double its total votes to compete for second place. Presently, the top five charities include:

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Lenexa, KS
Young Singers Foundation Tulsa, OK
National Inclusion Project Raleigh, NC
Child Advocacy Center Murfreesboro, TN
Ronald McDonald House Winston-Salem, NC

National Inclusion Project - Video by SueReu

If you haven't already done so, click on the giveaway voting link, select the National Inclusion Project from the drop-down menu, and enter nominations with all of your legitimate US e-mail addresses.

Next, compose an e-mail asking friends, relatives, and co-workers to support the Inclusion Project by doing the same.
Charity Giveaway links to the voting site, while the National Inclusion Project will provide info about the foundation's mission and projects.

Also, include the YouTube link for the above video by SueRue. In voice overs, Clay explains about the foundation, plus he sings "Open Arms" throughout the montage.

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST Oct. 15. The winning charities will be announced in November. One vote per US e-mail address. Double click on the Christie Cookie Giveaway image above to start the process!

The latest results are available on the main page, as well as a variety of web logos/banners for Facebook, MySpace, etc., and signs/fliers to download, print, and distribute. Be sure to add "National Inclusion Project, Raleigh, NC" to the signs.

Supporters are making an effort to contact all active Clayonline members, casual, and "not just us" fans. If every fan club member votes once, that's 10,088. Then if each fan contacts another person exponentially, that's another 10k votes. Many will have more than one e-mail address.

Let's create some legs for the National Inclusion Project, Clay Nation!

BACKSTAGE AT KENNEDY THEATRE -- Clay joined composer Jeremy Schonfeld, director Lauren Kennedy, and members of the cast of DRIFT following Thursday's show in Raleigh. Click to enlarge photo by Hillary Russo.

Clay Attends DRIFT Performance

Meanwhile, the fandom's super sleuths are getting plenty of practice analyzing tweets and miscellaneous Internet mentions as they track their singer's activities. From meeting with songwriters for his upcoming Decca album to attending a play performance in Raleigh, Clay has been on the move.

Clay Aiken attended a production of DRIFT last night [Thursday] at The Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh where Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy's production of DRIFT is playing it's final week.

DRIFT was the first production to grace the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College and ran from September 12-20, followed by a current run at The Kennedy Theatre at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh from September 23-27 to close the season.

With music and lyrics by Jeremy Schonfeld and additional material by Craig Popisil, DRIFT is about a man's journey of gaining peace and perspective on his life after the break up of his marriage and family.

See Broadway World for the complete article.

PHOTO INTERLUDE: Included in this clickable collection are graphics by Ashes, 1, and AmazingCA, 2, 3.

Sony-Legacy Posts Aiken Videos

Earlier this week, Sony Music Legacy Recordings posted several CA videos at YouTube. The four featured here include "The Way" from Measure of a Man, Clay's 2003 album, and "On My Way Here" title track of his third mainstream album.

In two webisodes, the singer discusses his charity work with UNICEF and the National Inclusion Project, as well as his decision to perform in "Spamalot."

Here are the links. Enjoy!

UNICEF Webisode

Spamalot Webisode

The Way

On My Way Here

Below is a clickable of PermaSwooned's opening photo:

Have an awesome weekend, Clay Nation. Happy sleuthing!


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PaulaBear said...

Thanks for all the great Clay Aiken current events, caro!!! You help keep us up-to-date with all things happening with Clay!!

Ashes said...

Clay Aiken is always keeping us busy, luv it! Your newsy and informative blog will gather new voters for the National Inclusion Project. Recruiting as best I can, I know others are too!!

Thanks for posting my blend! and more thanks for your visits and comments to my blog--always so appreciated :)

Anonymous said...

I love that Clay's charity is now in third place. I know we can move him to first or second!


Off to a football game on this beautiful fall day!



SueReu said...

Thanks Caro!!! Go Clay Aiken and National Inclusion Project!!!!!

We can DO this!!!

Great photos and blends. I was so happy to see Clay out and about. He looks wonderful in the picture at Drift!!!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Allegra said...

ClayNation has some serious e-mail addresses at its disposal. Thanks for getting the word out about this worthwhile voting endeavor. :D


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Thanks again for another very news worthy blog. I'm trying my best to get every vote I can for the National Inclusion Project. I just know we can get at least second place....we are used to second place, and that is GREAT!! We can do this, I know we can!!!

Awesome photo of Clay and Cast at "Drift."

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Anonymous said...

Very informative and great blog. Love your blogs, look forward to reading them for sure. The Clay Nation Rocks!!!!! Such a great job ,voting and sending in! YEAH!!
Enjoy each and every blog you do! Thanks! ~Donna in Wi.

Beanblossom said...

What a great chance for all of Clay's fans to show their support of his charity. I know that I, and my family and friends, are all voting.

LovesClaysVoice said...

Thanks Caro for the blog! It was great to see Clay at the Drift performance. Love the picture! I miss him!!!

Let's hope we can gather the troops in these final weeks and win the Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway for the National Inclusion Project! Clay would be thrilled!!

Anonymous said...

Great blog Caro! All Clay Aiken events are in one place. Makes a great spot to find the National Inclusion Project Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway and cast the vote for Clay's charity.

Thank you for the awesome photo of Clay greeting me when I came over, it was hard to get passed staring at it.

SueReu said...

Caro, thank you for adding my montage! I just truly believe we CAN DO THIS!! Not just for Clay, but for all the kids, both special needs and typically functioning - who benefit from inclusion!!

IamMesmerized said...

Great blog Caro. It's nice to see Clay's fans once again pulling together, this time for his wonderful charity.

I think we came a little bit late to the party and would not have had such a daunting task ahead. However, the Clay Nation has the ability, the drive, the passion and the numbers to forge ahead with this.

Go Clay, go National Inclusion Project and go Clay Nation. We can do it!

Anonymous said...

Hey, never thought it would be more fun to vote for cookies than to actually EAT them, but I found it a very worthwhile thing to do.

Anonymous said...

Well now I know what "Drift" is. I saw the picture with Clay, but didn't know if it was a charity he attended or what it was. It's a play! At least we get another picture of him......they're getting scarce.

Glad to see Clay's foundation is still moving up. Wish I could vote again. Lois

PaulaBear said...

Clay Aiken fans are still going strong and voting for the National Inclusion Project!!

musicfan said...

I had to come back and see the beautiful artwork again. Visiting here always makes me feel good!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the info and all the goodies! Great site!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for a great blog. SueReu's Utube had me all teared up. It is beautiful.

claniac24 said...

WOW! Wonderful blog! Thanks for the great promo re the Christie Cookie contest. We need a lot of votes to move into one of the top two big winner spots. Your blog is going to bring in voters!

fgs said...

Interesting blog and hoping that fans will have enough votes to get some of the money from the cookies contest. Clay is looking well in that picture. Loved the pix and the video.

Ashes said...

It's always a pleasure to visit your Clay Aiken page. Thank you for all the work you put into it, and keeping us always up-to-date on the various Clay happenings.

Thank you for your visits and support to my page!

SueReu said...


:) what more is there to say????

Thanks again Caro! Hope you're feeling better ((( hugs )))

ImGranny said...

Thanks for another great blog! Kudos to all who are spreading the word to friends and family to vote for the National Inclusion Project in the Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway.

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