It was exciting on Wednesday to post the information about the National Inclusion Project’s Champion Gala. Everything I read sounded like it is going to be a wonderful week-end. If you missed the information, you can read it on yesterday’s blog.
Realizing that this is the 10th year celebration of the Project, I thought it might be fun to take a trip back to the very beginning of the Bubel/Aiken Foundation.
Do you remember what is usually considered the first public event for The Bubel/Aiken Foundation?
It took place on July 28, 2003 while Clay Aiken was in New York City.
Clay was asked to join the mayor and other dignitaries to help open the New York branch of the Wachovia Bank. Clay surprised the bank officials by opening up an account for the Bubel/Aiken Foundation. The bank then turned around and added a donation to the account.
On August 6, 2003, the American Idol Tour made a stop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Clay and Diane Bubel held a press conference to officially announce the formation of the Bubel/Aiken Foundation. At the press conference, Diane and Clay accepted a check from a group of fans who had gotten together to raise money for the new foundation.
The following was the original Mission Statement for The Bubel/Aiken Foundation: