Thursday, September 30, 2010

Let's Deal: Clay Aiken Montage for Avalanche of Votes

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Clay Aiken
Tried & True montage by LovesClaysVoice
View full screen at YouTube.

Final Push for $50k Pepsi Grant

Montages Spotlight T&T, Dance
NOTE: The National Inclusion Project wound up #17 in September's Pepsi Refresh Challenge, and voting began anew at midnight in the October drive for the $50,000 grant.

A new blog entry is forthcoming. Meanwhile, thank you for participation and do keep those computer, Facebook, and text votes coming in! - Caro

Here's the deal -- two very creative montages for all the votes you can round up for the National Inclusion Project in the final hours of September's Pepsi Refresh Campaign.

First, LovesClaysVoice spotlights Clay Aiken's lush "Cant Take My Eyes Off You" from the June 2010 Decca Tried & True CD with clips from recent interviews and appearances by the singer.

READY, AIM, VOTE for National Inclusion Project in Pepsi Refresh!

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 Pull Out Stops

An avalanche of additional votes is imperative to move the National Inclusion Project from #16 into the top 10 during the final hours of September's Pepsi Refresh Challenge, which ends at 12 midnight ET tonight.

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.

Here are a couple of fresh ideas shared in CA message board posts earlier today:
queenmama247: I asked everyone who stopped by if I could use their phone. Got six extra text votes in. My sister promised she would keep texting. Even got my home health nurse to text!

ncgran4clay: Just called my daughter, who works in an inpatient hospice facility and told her to tell everyone I would bake them a cake if they would all text a vote for the "National Inclusion Project." So far she has gotten 12 votes and hasn't caught everyone yet!

I also went around to all my employees and made them text. One didn't know how, so I did it for him.

Inclusion Project Targets Top 10

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 info 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. If you haven't already done so, register at Pepsi site and vote for the National Inclusion Project and these voting alliances:

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.

Only a few hours 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.

Dancing at the Movies - Music Video by Mart138
View Montage full screen at YouTube.

'Footloose' Inspires Pepsi Voting

As promised, here is the bonus montage reward for all the Pepsi Refresh votes garnered today -- a very popular music video featuring a collection of dance clips from almost 40 movies.

Singer Kenny Loggins supplies the vocals, and dancers from Fred Astaire to Michael kick up their heels to "Footloose" in this montage of movie clips:

Movies included are Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, White Nights, Perfect, Saturday Night Fever, Blue Skies, Pulp Fiction, High Fidelity, Clerks 2, American Pie, Billy Elliot, Footloose, True Lies,Grease, Honey, Phantom of the Opera, Step Up,Step Up 2, Moonwalker, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge, Mary Poppins, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Strictly Ballroom, Happy Feet, Singing in the Rain, Fame, Fame2009, Save the Last Dance, Mamma Mia, Mask of Zorro, Coyote Ugly, Wild Hogs, Get Smart, Airplane, A Knights Tale, High School Musical, and Austin Powers.

Bet you can't watch just once!

Just a few hours remain to amass the avalanche, so spread the word and drum up the votes! Have a very productive Sept. 30, 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


SueReu said...

VOTE VOTE VOTE!!! I've already voted today and I'm trying to gently remind (in other words, push) friends and family. Such a simple thing that can make such a difference in the life of a child!!!

Thanks for the videos, LCV does such amazing work - we're so very lucky to have her! Love the Footloose video too!!

Let's keep rocking the vote all!

jbc4clay said...

I have already voted today! I hope this push does push NIP up to a top ten position!

sschmid said...

I voted 3x each day the entire month. Today I also encouraged others on private message boards to join in the ROCK THE VOTE campaign. Wish there was some way to do more but every little bit helps. GO NIP!!!!

Sandy said...

Today is the last day for that final push for the Pepsi Challenge! Let's hope and pray that NIP makes it!

I loved the "Footloose" video. If you don't mind I am going to put that video on my FB feed! It's such a feel good song that makes you just want to get up and dancing. I am cheering for Jennifer Gray in "Dancing with the Stars". She is 50 years old and I must say she is absolutely amazing! If you get a chance you have to watch her!

Great montage of Clay! I love that song!!

Thanks Caro!

Have a wonderful weekend!


musicfan said...

Thank you for another great blog. I know we all want to see the votes for NIP.

I loved the videos too. Let's Deal is a good idea!!

claysweetea said...

Let's all keep voting strong for Clay!

What great videos posted, Caro! Thanks!

LovesClaysVoice said...

Caro, I wish we could push the National Inclusion Project into the top 10! If not, we are ready for next month!

I loved the Footloose video! So much fun! Thanks again for including one of my montages. I miss Clay!

MissSally said...

The Tried & True montage by LovesClaysVoice is a total delight. There are so many funny, snarky, uniquely Clay mannerisms and gestures...I can't stop watching it.

Dancing at the Movies is amazing, and left me breathless. My 70 year-old body isn't "Footloose", but my heart sure is!

Thanks Caro, for this very uplifting blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

I love the Footloose video, actually, I love your whole's a "Happy" blog and I love it!

How did we do with the Pepsi Challenge? Sure hope we at least got a little money.

Have a great weekend, and hope all is well.


Anonymous said...

After watching the "Clay" montage, I now know for certain that that's my favorite way for Clay to wear his hair. He comes off as quite the hunk.....not one bad picture. I'm still drooling. Thanks for posting it. Lois