For those of you who were in attendance, is it Cloud 9 or The OMG GALA ? The entire Gala experience was beyond words.
For those of you who experienced the Gala through the wonderful reports and “red messages”, I am sure you are thanking your friends for trying to use words to help you experience the event in a different way.
I am still on my way home and my brain is still working on over-time as I try to recall every little thing that made my smile bigger and bigger. There is so much to say, but today…just a few random thoughts…
1. Traveling again with my dear friends and sharing a room, our thoughts and our friendship.
2. Meeting and sharing hugs with internet friends. No one is ever alone at a Clay Aiken event.
3. Seeing so many volunteers that put in hours to make the event run smoothly.
4. Seeing the excitement from the entire staff of the National Inclusion Project. Their enthusiasm is contagious!
5. The bus tour of the Raleigh area. It was loads of fun. A big thank you to Lori Finney for putting this together.
6. Seeing the charming Lynda Loveland again. She has been such a great friend to the Project and to Clay.
7. The presentation on Sunday morning by Aron Hall. He had us all on our feet, learning about inclusion by participating both mentally and physically.
8. Seeing the smile on Kristys face as she greeted all of us. She makes a person feel welcome.
9. Diane Bubel, Jerry Aiken, and Faye Parker…even after the many hours of preparing for the event, they were charming and friendly to all of us.
10. Ben Cohn…his talent is remarkable. His arrangements are always exciting and he always seems to put a new twist to the songs.
11. Learning about the outstanding accomplishments of Chris Burke, Kevin Connolly, and Walgreens. You all give us hope!
12. Quiana Parler…Wow..this girl can sing. Please come back to another Gala!
13. Clay Aiken…Thank you for being who you are! You put on the perfect concert for your fans. Each song selection seemed to be picked with care and you seemed to sing from your heart. And look at what a huge difference you have made in the lives of so many people. Your work with The National Inclusion Project has changed the world and kids everywhere will feel your love and commitment.
Well…my few comments seemed to grow. Can you tell I am still excited about the Gala?
Safe travels to all. I hope we can share our thoughts together soon. 2012 is going to be a fabulous year to be a Clay Aiken Fan!