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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