Sunday, September 26, 2010

Clay Aiken's 'Unchained Melody' Showcases DWTS 11

Clay Aiken/DWTS Season 11 - 'Unchained Melody'
View montage by LovesClaysVoice full screen at YouTube.

Final Surge for Pepsi Grant

Montage Pairs Aiken, DWTS 11

The 11th season of Dancing with the Stars is barely a week old; but, thanks to a new montage by LovesClaysVoice, three couples are already dancing the Viennese Waltz to Clay Aiken's signature rendition of "Unchained Melody" on YouTube.

Featured in the magical video are dancers Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke, and Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"Unchained Melody," a track on the singer's new Tried & True CD, can be downloaded via iTunes and Amazon at YouTube.

Clay Aiken - Suspicious Minds 2005 - 2010
Montage by Wowzers4Clay. View full screen at YouTube.

Montage Traces 5 Years of SM

In her latest montage, Wowzers4Clay intertwines Clay Aiken performances of "Suspicious Minds" from the past five years. Represented are the 2005 GMA Summer Concert Series; the 2005 Jukebox Tour concert in Clio, MI; and this summer's Timeless Tour show at Chautauqua.

Contributing videographers include Scarlett, MnM, Mrs Loki, and Roy Ferrer.

PEPSI REFRESH -- Inclusion Project needs huge final four days!

At camp, my son does not have Down Syndrome, wear hearing aids, or have difficulty with his speech. He is simply a camper. - A mother

NIP Supporters Plot 4-Day Push

A groundswell of additional daily votes is imperative to move the National Inclusion Project from #18 into the top 10 during the final four days of September's Pepsi Refresh Challenge.

The pay-off, a $50,000 grant, would help fund Let's ALL Play Camps in which children with disabilities can experience life with their peers.

In a special edition of The Voice newsletter this weekend, Inclusion Project supporters were encouraged to enlist additional daily voters and provided tools with which to help the charity place in the all-important top 10:

We need your help to spread the word so we can bring Let's ALL Play training to more programs across the nation and open doors for ALL children to participate in all that life has to offer!

Here are ways to recruit potential voters:

1. Home Page Splash: Check out all the ways you can vote by visiting the National Inclusion Project home page!

2. Daily Reminders: Sign up to receive a daily email reminder and become eligible to win a free iPad if we finish in the top 10 and win $50,000! Sign up here: Inclusion Project/Pepsi Challenge.

3. Facebook/Twitter Updates: Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

4. Forward the NIP email, and share the information on message boards, Facebook, Twitter, in blogs.

5. Schedule a group text! Have the attendees turn their cell phone sounds on and walk them through sending a text together. When Pepsi texts back, the feedback will be amazing!

The National Inclusion Project was founded in 2003 by singer Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel, mother of a son with autism.

Originally the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, the charity, which is based in Raleigh, NC, changed its name in 2009 to better describe the organization's mission and programs.

Foundation Forms Voting Alliances

The National Inclusion Project has established voting alliances with other participants in the Pepsi Challenge. Besides offering opportunities to garner more votes, this also helps build awareness of the foundation's mission.

In reality, each person has 30 votes to use daily via text, Facebook, and through the Pepsi site. Below is the current NIP voting alliance list:

National Inclusion Project
- Text 102308 to 73774 (Pepsi)
RETT Syndrome - Text 100842 to 73774 (Pepsi)
Safe Places To Play (Cal Ripken) - Text 102661 to 73774 (Pepsi)
BRIDGES - Text 101364 to 73774 (Pepsi)
Blind Cat Rescue - Text 102422 to 73774 (Pepsi)
Children's Rare Disease Network - Text 102614 to 73774 (Pepsi)
Congenital CMV Foundation (childhood disability) - Text 101692 to 73774 (Pepsi)
Courageous Disabled Kids - Text 100058 to 73774 (Pepsi)
1p36 Deletion Syndrome - Text 101439 to 73774 (Pepsi)
Lake Reba Playground (handicapped) - Text 102102 to 73774 (Pepsi)

Be sure to copy/paste a message similar to the one below so the organizations will know the Inclusion Project is supporting their cause:

A vote from the National Inclusion Project! Help us help kids with disabilities experience life with their peers. We're going for $50K. Text 102308. Thank you for your support!

A $50,000 Pepsi Refresh win by the National Inclusion Project would fund the following programs: train staff across the country on best practice inclusion techniques; provide training supplies; give scholarships to children unable to afford programs.

Four days remain to make this happen. Something as simple as recruiting a teen-aged granddaughter with unlimited texting (who has friends with unlimited texting) could make a difference.

I plan to send an email again to my circle of friends, relatives, students/parents, etc., who might want to win an iPad. Just think what would happen if the NIP got a huge influx of four-day voting from new blocks of people.

Just four days to pull out all the stops!
Have a productive week, Clay Nation!


Thank you for for visits and comments in the Carolina blogs. To leave a remark, scroll to the bottom, click on the "Post a Comment" link, and write in the box provided. Many thnx for stopping by today! - Caro


Ginger Scarlett said...

Wow, Caro, what gorgeous montages you picked! First LCV's ethereally beautiful UM with the DWTS contestants. The music was perfect for this show and the performances were outstanding but this is one montage where I found myself listening more than watching, because I completely love that version of UM from The View!!! Then Hope took us on a fun romp with SM through the years. *sighs at the memories* I'll always remember Clio JBT with much fondness for the awesome show it was but this montage made me realize that I like today's SM from 'current' Clay best of all! If anyone had told me back during the JBT that he would sound even more gorgeous 5 years later, they would have had the biggest argument from me but there it is right on Hope's montage!!!

I'm also glad to have the voting links right on the main page again though I certainly didn't mind seeing KF's beautiful screencaps constantly either, LOL!

Good luck to all of us voting for NIP on the final push for the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Go Team!!!

LovesClaysVoice said...

Thank you once again Caro for featuring one of my montages! I love Clay's version of UM! I really enjoyed Wowzers4Clay SM montage! Great memories!

Let's hope we can accomplish something with our final push for the National Inclusion Project!!!

katy said...

My favorite Clay rendition of UM is from The View, too. Another beautiful montage, LCV! I'll be looking forward to more montages during this season's DWTS. (Please)

ImGranny said...

Great montages!!!!!!!!! Thank you too for all your hard work in keeping the word out there about the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. It would be wonderful if we could get NIP in the top 10.

claysweetea said...

What a great montage by LCV!!! What a lot of work this blog and others require. Thank you so much for spreading the word about the Pepsi Challenge!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Caro,

Gee, I'm finally getting here!!! Been a very busy week. I love the montages, a great way to start my morning.

Go, Go, Go Pepsi Challenge! I know we can do it!

Have a great week.....I'm now off to the office.


MissSally said...

Loved both LovesClaysVoice's DWTS - Unchained Melody, and Wowzers4Clay's Suspicious Minds montages.

Clay Nation is blessed with so many gifted artists. Thanks for always including a sampling of their work in each one of your blogs, Caro.

Anonymous said...

Love watching the video montages you include in your blog. Nice way for me to start the day.

I wish I was more of a help in the voting process for the Pepsi Challenge, but I don't do Facebook, or Twitter. Sorry. I am voting faithfully though. Lois

Carolina Clay said...


Thank you for your Carolina comments. I appreciate your stopping by with props for the creative, enjoyable montages by LCV and Wowzers4Clay.

The National Inclusion Project is up to #16 today (9/30), which is awesome. However, unless avalanches of votes come in today to move the foundation into the top 10, we will be working for the $50k grant again in October.

Have a great weekend!