Clay Aiken – Did You Know?

Yesterday, a Clay-friend contacted me.  She was watching for inexpensive flights to Raleigh, NC.  She planned to attend the Annual Champions Gala on October 22, 2011 for the National Inclusion Project. She came across a wonderful fare that she wanted to share with anyone who might be interested.

Celebrating 40 Years With $40 Fares – One Way!

Southwest Airlines


  • Fares do not include federal excise tax of $3.70 per takeoff and landing, airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9, and government-imposed September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 one-way.
  • Purchase by June 23, 2011, 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
  • Travel August 23 through November 16, 2011.
  • Travel valid every day except Fridays & Sundays.


Not to be left out, American Airlines has matched the price on some of their flights.  So…you might want to check your favorite airline to see if they have matched the fare.

Of course, I am sure you know that I am in no way affiliated with Southwest and I am only reporting on the great rate.  Although the Gala is 4 months away, it seems unlikely that the fares will be this low again.  BUT…be sure you watch the time limit.  Tomorrow goes by very quickly.

AND…don’t forget, you can get a good deal at the Host hotel in Raleigh for your stay.

Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Phone:  1-919-833-1120

Special rate of $119 per night.  Ask for the National Inclusion Project group rate.

I came across an interesting site on the Internet yesterday.  Titled “Inside The Rock Era”, the site lists important things that happen in Rock Music History.  For June 22, the list is long and includes the following:

  • 1964:  Jan and Dean released the single “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena”.
  • 1980:  Don McLean rose to #1 in the U.K. with his remake of the Roy Orbison song “Crying”.
  • 1990:  Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
  • 1991:  Paula Abdul spent a second week at #1 with “Rush, Rush”.
  • 2003:  Clay Aiken had the #1 song with “This Is the Night”.

It is always fun to see Clay’s name on a list that highlights the significant events in the world of music.

Visit Inside The Rock Era.  It is interesting.

Congratulations to BroadwayCares/Equity Fights Aids.  On June 19th, they presented two performances of Broadway Bares  XXI.  Titled Masterpiece, the modern-day burlesque spectacular featured 192 Broadway dancers.

The program raised a record-breaking $1,103,072 to help support the work of BC/EFA.  According to their website:

Last year’s 20th Anniversary edition of Broadway Bares had set the previous record at $1,015,985. The first Broadway Bares, in 1992, featured seven dancers stripping on a bar and raised just over $8,000. To date, the 21 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $8.6 million for Broadway Cares.

There are many amazing pictures from the event, but my favorite of all is the picture of David Hyde Pierce.  This man is a genius!

Click HERE for more information on BC/EFA

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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Did You Know?

  1. Those are great rates for airfares….Hopefully some that weren't able to attend the Gala, will be able to. I would love to go, but it's just not in the budget right now. Still paying off my Florida trip from February… Hopefully next year. It's great to get the word out about the fares.

    It was nice to see Clay's name in the Rock Music History for 2003. #1. Also, glad that the Broadway Bares Fundraiser did well this year. All for a good cause.

  2. Those are very good rates. Hope everyone who is going can get in on them. Also the rates at the Raleigh Hotel…very good. I saw that about Clay having the #1 song of TITN in 2003. Glad to see that.

    The show that Clay was in Broadway Backwards also brought in an amazing $281,243 for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids. He sang "Home" and was awesome.

  3. Wish I were able to attend the gala. If I could, I'd go after one of these cheap fares. Thanks for the info, Musicfan!

  4. I am very excited as my daughter and I will be going to the Gala for the first time.

    We will be driving but that is excellent about the cheap fares – hoping many more

    will be able to attend because of these offers.

  5. I sure wish I could go to the Gala this year, but my bank account will not allow it. I went 2 years ago and hope to attend again sometime.

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