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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Clay Aiken: Using His Voice

Clay Aiken is always saying "Use Your Voice" and he does. If you read his book "Learning to Sing" you know that he used his voice back when he was a counselor for the YMCA to fight for including children with disabilities into the program. That led to the creation of the Buble/Aiken Foundation in 2003. The foundations "Champions of Change" gala is this coming weekend and it's the perfect time to review the many ways Clay Aiken has used his voice and donated his time to make a difference in the lives of others these past 5 years.

  • 2004 Dover Downs Benefit concert
  • 2004 Rosalynn Carter Benefit, the America's Promise Benefit
  • 2004 Heather Headley's Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Benefit
  • 2004 celebrity reader and spokesperson for Arthur Celebrity Audiobook (Stories for Heroes Series)
  • 2004 spokesperson for the Toys for Tots campaign
  • 2004 ambassador for Ronald McDonald house charities
  • 2004 participated in the NBC4 telethon, which raised over $10 million
  • 2005 films Tsunami Relief promo for UNICEF
  • 2005 recorded public service announcements and video for Tusnami Relief
  • 2005 spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF drive
  • 2005 visited tsunami stricken Banda Aceh with UNICEF
  • 2005 went to Uganda for UNICEF to help call attention the plight of children called "night commuters"
  • 2005 speaker at Pacific Rim Conference
  • 2005 speaks before Congress on behalf of UNICEF
  • 2006 participates in raising $1 million for the David Foster Foundation
  • 2006 takes part in UNICEF's Snowflake Lighting event
  • 2007 visits Afghanistan for UNICEF
  • 2007 spends his Christmas in Mexico with the children affected by the floods for UNICEF
  • 2008 works with the cast of Spamalot to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
  • 2008 travels to Somalia and Kenya for UNICEF
This list doesn't include his visits to hospitals and schools that are never publicized nor is it a comprehensive list of every thing Clay Aiken has done for others over the past 5 years. The work he does for his own foundation is not included either.

Oh yeah - he sings too.




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18 Comments:

Blogger SueReu said...

From the very beginning Clay Aiken set out on a path to help the children of this world.

He has succeeded - beautifully!!!

BRAVO CLAY!! THANK YOU for making a difference and for walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

Thank you for the chronology of Clay's good works. I wish more people would focus on the things that actually make a difference.

October 12, 2008 1:02 PM  
Anonymous tnmtmama said...

Yeah, he sings quit well! He ain't bad as an actor, either, but I think his heart belongs to philanthropy.

October 12, 2008 1:04 PM  
Anonymous LovesClaysVoice said...

Thank you for this blog! Clay said he wanted to make a difference and that he has! His work with TBAF and children is something that comes from his heart!

October 12, 2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous clayam said...

Keep up the good work Mr. Clay Aiken!You definitely are making a difference in the world and we are behind you 100%.

October 12, 2008 1:49 PM  
Anonymous claniac24 said...

WOW! What a list of wonderful work Clay has done. I'm so proud to be a fan of this great humanitarian. Thanks, Truth Rules, for compiling his charitable achievements.

October 12, 2008 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite an impressive list of accomplishments for someone who has been in the public eye for only five years.

Too bad the media/press doesn't focus more on this aspect of Clay Aiken's life - just think of all the children that could be helped.

Way to go, Clay. I'm very proud of you!!

October 12, 2008 2:23 PM  
Blogger jbc4clay said...

Thanks Truth for listing all of this in one area.
Clay does make a difference.

October 12, 2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger Ashes said...

Clay Aiken is a man of his word. He said he wanted to make a difference, and he certainly is doing that.
A wonderful and caring man that sings too.

October 12, 2008 5:31 PM  
Blogger Deona said...

Clay definitely has worked just as hard on making a difference as he has on his own career. He should be commended for his efforts. He deserves much respect.

October 12, 2008 6:38 PM  
Blogger redca40 said...

I wonder how many lives have been touched by Clay Aiken? More than anyone knows, I'm sure.

October 12, 2008 6:59 PM  
Anonymous kielbasa said...

I remember that short video spot on AI2 of him saying he wanted to make a difference. He has most assuredly done that!

Thanks for putting together that partial list of his accomplishments, Truth. Quite impressive -- and all in just FIVE years. I can't wait to see what plans Clay Aiken has for USING HIS VOICE in the future.

October 12, 2008 10:45 PM  
Anonymous dee said...

It is impressive to see that time line of good deeds . . I hope this 2008 Gala is the most successful ever .

October 12, 2008 10:49 PM  
Anonymous teresa said...

Clay Aiken has always walked the talk. One of the reasons he owns my heart.

October 13, 2008 6:27 AM  
Anonymous deya said...

kielbasa said...

I remember that short video spot on AI2 of him saying he wanted to make a difference. He has most assuredly done that!


It was that very video clip that helped cement Clay Aiken in my heart. The next morning I googled him for the first time, and I haven't looked back since.

October 13, 2008 6:31 AM  
Blogger Carolina Clay said...

Truth,

Thank you for outlining all the ways Clay walks the walk and uses his voice. Excellent blog!

Many thnx, too, for your kind remarks in the Carolina blog.

Have a great week!

Caro

October 13, 2008 11:31 AM  
Anonymous deya said...

And what a voice it is. I am very proud to be a fan of both his talent and his humanitarian efforts.

October 14, 2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger Chardonnay said...

Thank you for this very memorable list! I just keep thinking back to that famous quote of his from AI2 that everyone else has mentioned.

He is a true example of not just talking the talk... but walking the walk.

October 17, 2008 8:11 PM  
Blogger Carolina Clay said...

Truth,

Thank you for your kind remarks in the Carolina blog's gala entry.

Have a great week!

Caro

October 21, 2008 11:23 AM  

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