Thursday, July 08, 2010

Clay Aiken To Speak at Key Club Meet

MAKING A DIFFERENCE - Clay Aiken will discuss the scope of UNICEF
at the Key Club International Convention Friday. Graphic by cindilu2.

Help Inclusion Project Win $20k!

UNICEF, NIP Take Center Stage

Clay Aiken's charitable endeavors headline this weekend as the UNICEF Ambassador shares the work of the international relief organization with Key Club International Convention attendees in Memphis, TN, Friday, and supporters of the National Inclusion Project seek to win $20,000 for the foundation through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.

Clay, who will head Friday's Recognition Session from 6:30 - 9 p.m. CDT, plans to tell Key Club gathering about the scope of UNICEF.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Memphis this summer to share more about the great work UNICEF is doing and how your support is making a huge difference in the lives of children around the world.

Keynote speaker for Thursday's opening session is Bo Shafer of Knoxville, former president of Kiwanis International. Information about the speakers and entertainers for the four-day event can be read here.

Fans can view both sessions via a live stream at the convention website. Thursday's stream begins at 7 p.m. You can also keep up with the latest happenings and discussions in Memphis via several social networking sites.

This clickable collection provides an overview of Clay's travels as a UNICEF Ambassador. Graphic artists represented include Claystruck, 1; AmazingCA, 2; A Beautiful Mind, 3; Clayquebec1, photo by Invisible926, 4; and CLAYPERFECT, 5.

Cast $20k Vote for Inclusion!

The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them.

For seven years, the National Inclusion Project has worked in partnership with communities and inclusive programs to create awareness and expand opportunities for young people.

Co-founded by Clay and Diane Bubel on July 28, 2003, the National Inclusion Program, originally the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, has established itself as a leading voice for inclusion. The organization grew out the relationship between the singer and Diane's then 13-year-old son Mike, who had been diagnosed with autism.

Clay and Diane Bubel, co-founders of the National Inclusion Project.

Clock Ticks Down on Chase Giving

Currently, the Inclusion Project is competing for funds -- $20,000 to be exact -- through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. If you are already a Facebook member, follow the steps below. If you are not a member of Facebook, it is very simple to join and participate.

1. Click on the link for the foundation. Note that the original name -- Bubel-Aiken Foundation, Inc. -- is being used in this challenge.
2. Be sure to click on "LIKE" at the top of the Chase page.
3. Click on the GET STARTED TO VOTE button.
4. Click the button to share your Facebook wall.
5. Only one vote per person is allowed, so email this information to friends and family who will help support inclusion.

Only the top 200 charities will win $20,000. Since the Inclusion Project has fallen out of the top 200, you will need to SEARCH for the Bubel/Aiken Foundation Inc., Raleigh, NC.

Make Final Days Really Count

The charity challenge ends on July 12, so cast your vote, then roll up your sleeves and help spread the word to others. Contact friends and family as well as supporters of other organizations in the challenge. Utilize the mutual voting relationship with supporters of other charities and help each other.

Clayam, an Inclusion Project supporter, posted this suggestion on the Clay Aiken Fans message board:

Vote for other charities either at the very top of the Leaderboard or ones in your area that only have a few votes.

After 5 and 20 total votes, you will receive a "gift vote" that you can send to a friend to cast for TBAF even if the person has voted previously.

The Power of the Dream - Montage by LovesClaysVoice
View full screen at
Performed by Celine Dion

To learn more about the National Inclusion Project, visit the website. Directors Kristy Barnes and Aron Hall were recently interviewed by Shelly Anderson (Copingincalifornia). You can listen to the audio here.

Congratulations to all the Meet & Greet winners announced Thursday night! Have a wonderful weekend, Clay Nation!


Thank you for your blog comments and props for the contributing artists. To leave a remark, scroll to the bottom of that section, click on the "Post a Comment" link, and write in the box provided.

Visitors have arrived at this site from 153 countries. Many thnx for stopping by today! - Caro


LoriF said...

Caro, first, thanks for helping to publicize the votes needed at Chase Community Giving. I hope many will step up to the plate for us.

Second....could you correct the spelling of Aron Hall's name at the end of the blog please? :-)


Carolina Clay said...


Thank you very much for the comment and the proofread. I knew that didn't look right. Hope the Clay Aiken fans/Inclusion Project supporters round up the needed votes!


Anonymous said...

Let's Try Again!!!!

Hi Caro,

You never cess to amaze me....your blogs are always full of info, and so current. I love "The Power Of A Dream" by LCV. I love ALL the amazing graphics, such talent.

I posted my vote for Chase Community Giving, just hope it went thru.....had trouble at first.

Hope the ankle is doing better and also hope your keeping cool!

Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Love Clays voice but it's his other vouce - the one for children that touches me more.

Anonymous said...

Very nice blog and info. I appreciate the blogs! I appreciate all the work Clay/team do for people! :) Thanks!! Donna in WI.

MissSally said...

Great blog!

(short comment due to typing learning curve on iPad...LOL)

LovesClaysVoice said...

Caro, thanks for the blog! The National Inclusion Project is Clay's heart! I'm very proud of all his work with his foundation. Love the graphics and thank you for including my montage!

katy said...

You are such a faithful blogger. Good job, Caro! Hope Clay Aiken's NIP gets the needed votes.

clayam said...

caro thanks for publicizing the National Inclusion Project's push on Chase Community giving.

This is so important that we can vote once, and make a gift of a vote to a friend with a facebook account.

I hope everyone will take 2 minutes and give this gift not only to NIP but also to Clay Aiken.

barb 55 said...

Great blog, Caro. You always provide up-to-date info. in the Claynation. It's like having our own newspaper. So many come here to catch up on all of the news, including the many countries that have visited your blog. Thanks for all you do!

Love and hugs,

katy said...

Caro, your blog is a source of continuous positive articles. You do a great job of supporting Clay Aiken.

lulu said...

National Inclusion Project founded by Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel is doing such excellent work and deserve all the funds they receive.

T said...

Thanks so much Caro for your great blog. I love always that it brings awareness of what Clay does especially with the National Inclusion Project.

Keep-up the wonderful blogs and have a nice weekend.


ImGranny said...

Thanks for the great blog. Clay Aiken puts his heart and soul into his charity and I hope and pray it gets enough votes to win $20,000. It would mean so much to so many children.