Clay Aiken Attends Charity Gala in Raleigh

Posted March 31, 2007

— "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is sporting a new look these days, but he hasn't changed his favorite cause.

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation charity for the inclusion of children with developmental disabilities hosted its annual Champion of Change Gala in Raleigh, where Aiken spoke to WRAL's own Lynda Loveland about what the sold-out event supports.

"We have a lot of different programs,” Aiken said. “We give out a lot of grants throughout the year to YMCA programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, you name it -- any community organization, educational organization, extracurricular activity organizations that are able to include kids with disabilities into their programs, we give out grants.”

The foundation also helps train organizations to build curriculums for children with disabilities.

This was the first time the gala was held in Raleigh. Organizers said they expect to raise more than $100,000 for the foundation.


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  • JACM Apr 10, 2007

    To Memo -
    My question exactly: what are you so bitter about? You spent a lot of time & energy on your posts . . .if Clay bugs you that much, why don't you redirect all that energy somewhere else?

    Toodles, have a lovely day! I'm sure that you will!

  • Memo Apr 9, 2007

    Bitter about what JACM?!? WTF have I to be bitter about?

  • JACM Apr 5, 2007

    Ok, wtf is "Memo" going on about? Get a life already. You're just bitter and sad.

    Let's just agree to disagree on Clay's appearance (though a fan, I must say he seems to be struggling a bit with his look). But how can anyone criticize Clay for at least trying to do good? While I was sitting on my duff here at home, he was at an event to help needy children. Kudos.

  • dekari Apr 3, 2007

    Memo-- you are just a stupid idiot. I guess you think your comments are cute or original huh? What have you done for others lately? What good will come from you and your life? Probably nothing if you can bash on a man who is living his life giving to others and trying to make the world a better place. Go somewhere and grow up. You look like a fool posting here.

  • Memo Apr 3, 2007

    Oh no, I love Carrie and wish her all the best. :-) Clay is the phoney one from the very start. He walks the walk alright. Have you ever seen his walk? (swish, swish) LOL! That alone says it all. Well, part of it anyway, lol!

  • afan Apr 2, 2007

    Clay Aiken has a heart of gold. He doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk.I was very happy to see the clip of him on WRAL. He looks great! I can't wait to see him this Summer in Cary and Asheville. He has an incredible talent.

  • Grandma8517 Apr 2, 2007

    Clay Aiken is such a beautiful man. He and his fans enjoyed a blessed weekend with the “Champions for Change Gala,” and the “Six Degrees site,” raising so much money for the children. It was wonderful.


  • LindaE Apr 2, 2007

    I hope Kelly Clarkson is ashamed at the way her fans are trying to ruin the work Clay is doing for special needs children.

    BTW, Memo, nice touch trying to pit Clay and Carrie fanbases against each other. Were you the one who tried to plant the previous rumors about her, too?

  • Memo Apr 2, 2007

    Here is the rest of that post which was cut off.

    Carriebear replied : "Thank you for getting the information to us! I have a question, although I'm not sure you have the answer. I made a donation to the Autism society about a month or so ago. Someone had told me that all donations made in Clay's name were being put aside for him to use for his foundation. Is this true? Are they holding funds aside for him? Thanks for any help you can give! :-)"

    I have screen captures if anyone is interested.

  • Memo Apr 2, 2007

    Oh yeah. With Clay it's all about the children. (BIG eyeroll)

    ClaysFoundation (Fran Skinner) was put in charge of asking for and handling money being donated to this "foundation" way back in 2003 even BEFORE there ever was a "foundation." Apparently, Claymates thought of a clever way to solicit funds to help Clay's debute CD numbers. The use of a charity foundation to help accomplish this is very disturbing. Soliciting money (via red panties) to be thrown on stage is sickening!

    ClaysFoundation wrote ".....Donations and contributions can take many shapes and forms (who would have thought underwear would lead the way??)and your energies in sending Clayton to the top of the charts will be key in helping him reach those children he will miss while he pursues his dream. It is much like the song...You are the wind beneath his wings. Thank you for your kind welcome. "

    Carriebear replied : Thank you for getting the information to us! I have a question, although I'm not sure you