Monday, February 01, 2010

Clay Aiken, Golf Event Bypass Rain

Golfing for Inclusion 2009 - Collage by Fountaindawg.

Poker for Inclusion, Anyone?

Soggy Day Inspires GFI Ad Libs

Leftover icy roads from a weekend winter storm played havoc with Monday music lessons while soggy weather altered the Golfing for Inclusion schedule in West Palm Beach, FL. Co-hosted by singer Clay Aiken and golf pro Wayne Player, the third annual GFI almost turned into "Poker for Inclusion."

According to Kristy Barnes of the National Inclusion Project, golfers played four - nine holes before retiring to the Mirasol Country Club for cards. An indoor swing analyzer was employed during the golf clinic that also moved indoors.

UPDATE: Concert mp3's added below!

Like most Clay Aiken fans, I have kept an eye on message boards, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the day for reports from the golfing fundraiser in West Palm Beach. Musicfan is providing updates in the Clay Aiken News Network blog.

Clay Talks Golf, Inclusion, Fatherhood

Leslie Streeter of The Palm Beach Post today posted an excellent interview about the event:
Clay Aiken at Mirasol: Golf, Inclusion, and fatherhood, part of which is reprinted here:

In 2008, I had a chat with “American Idol” finalist, Broadway star and all-around big famous sensation during his first annual Golfing For Inclusion benefit at Palm Beach Gardens’ Mirasol Country Club, for what was then called the Bubel-Aiken Foundation.

He was there to help raise money for the foundation’s goal of providing opportunities for kids with disabilities to attend camp, but not to share his mad golf skills, because he apparently doesn’t have any.

And today, at the third annual golf event to benefit what is now called the National Inclusion Project, Clay revealed that after three years and a couple of clinics with golf pro Wayne Player, his game…still has no game.

“I still don’t know anything,” Clay, chilling in a small room not far from the very rainy golf course where about 75 golfers were to be teeing off. “We do the clinic and I still don’t know what (Player) is talking about. I just stand there and make a few jokes.”

Still, Clay’s willing every year to be the test subject in Player’s clinics every year, if it’ll inspire people to show up, play golf and contribute to the cause, which has been dear to him since his pre-Idol days as a camp counselor in Raleigh, North Carolina.

There, he remembers, was a little girl – “Let’s call her Jessica,” he says, who signed up for camp before anyone realized she had disabilities. Upon discovering Jessica’s situation, Clay remembers, the camp’s director, tried to send her away, “because I think the director and the camp were not educated that it was possible. I almost quit over that. But now, people know that it’s possible, easy and effective.”

What The National Inclusion Project has done is create a curriculum that can be used by already-existing camps to make their facilities accessible and fun for would-be campers with disabilities. For the third year, the foundation has donated $15,000 to a Florida facility – this year’s recipient is the Florida Lion’s Camp in Lake Wales.

Clay says the foundation’s new name makes plain what its goals are, unlike the old one, named for him and co-founder Diane Bubel, whose autistic son Clay tutored.

“No one knew how to pronounce Diane’s name, including our executive director. Make sure you print that! They said Bubble, Babel, Buble’. Plus, no one knew what (the foundation) did, even with the minimal name recognition. But this new name has helped us reach out to a national audience."

The entire article is a must read, so check out the PB Pulse while awaiting news of the evening's live/silent auctions, extraordinary cuisine, and special performance by Clay -- all indoors!

GOLFING FOR INCLUSION - Co-hosts Wayne Player and Clay Aiken
go with the flow of a rainy day in Florida. (Palm Beach Post photo)

Along with the soggy weather, the 2010 event attracted 75 golfers with approximately 200 guests expected for the evening schedule.

With special thnx to farouche, caperkeeper, and dancermom2 of Clayversity, here are five mp3 Sendspace downloads from the GFI program:

Can't Take That Away From Me

It's Impossible

Sacrificial Love

Too Good To Be True

What Kind of Fool Am I

Recorded by Deborah760, this Sendspace includes the entire 2010 GFI Concert, including "What Kind of Fool Am I," "Too Good To Be True," "Can't Take That Away From Me," "Lover Alone," "I Will Be Here" (a capella), "Sacrificial Love," "It's Impossible," "Moon River," and much-missed CA banter.

Below are clickables of Fountaindawg's GFI collages by from 2008 and 2009:

Have a great week, Clay Nation!



Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Thank you for the info and for sharing the new picture of the event. It helps people like me who can't be ther from a far away place to enjoy what others enjoy...Clay always.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice blog and info, always fun to read. Like the pic and enjoy when u write.Hope it was a success,even with the rain. Clay rocks doing for others! Take care Clay Nation! Donna in Wi.

Anonymous said...

Great job!
Quick on the sendspaces!



Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Thanks so much for the info and the mp3 downloads! So great for those of us who couldn't attend.

claysweetea said...

Thanks for the great blog and sharing information about tonight's event. Clay sounded amazing!

CCOL4HIM said...

Great blog on GFI 2010! Thanks for the sendspace!
Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

Anonymous said...

Thank you for everything especially the sendspaces of the
GFI. The sound is superior it and Clay sings so many songs so beautifully.
Can't wait for his new CD.
Sounds like the evening was so much fun and so successful for NIP.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Caro for the news. Am sure there will be more in the next couple of days when more clack unfolds. And we're still waiting for news on the 8th. It's a wonderful start to the Deccade.

Sandy said...

Listening to the downloads now! Beautiful voice! Wasn't able to participate to much yesterday as we went out to celebrate oldest son's birthday. I have a lot to catch up on. Thanks for giving us these sendspaces!

Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

Great blog Caro. I hope the weather is getting better for y'all. Thanks for sharing about the GFI event. Thank you also for the downloads - he sounds wonderful. :)



ImGranny said...

Thanks for the great blog. Seeing an up-to-date picture of Clay Aiken is like getting a breath of fresh air! I hope they made a lot money for the NIP

MissSally said...

This is the music Clay was born to sing!!!
Thank you, Caro, for the downloads. Listening to them made my day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Thank You so much for this awesome blog and keeping us all up to date. The photos are wonderful!

The downloads made my evening!!!!

Keep Warm.....


musicfan said...

Thank you for all the great info. The event was fabulous even with all the rain.

My husband played golf and made it through 6 holes before the rain was just too much.

Clay was wonderful. The music was amazing and he is such a great entertainer. I love listening to his chatter.

Thanks again for the blog.

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katy said...

Despite the rain, the GFI was a success!! Can't wait for the new Clay Aiken album!

Truth Rules said...

Sounds like it was fun in spite of the weather.

lulu said...

The downloads of Clay Aiken at the Golf gala, are great. Still has the gift of gab.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the SendSpace of Clay Aiken's GFI.

sbleu9 said...

It was so enjoyable to see Clay Aiken at the Golf event even though I wasn't able to attend.

SueReu said...

I am in love with Clay Aiken's version of Impossible - in complete and total love *swoon*

Thanks for the great blog!