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Fairfield, NC, United States, 2007/03/25 - Clay Aikenís charity for inclusion of children with developmental disabilities is holding a Gala to honor volunteers and others on March 31st, when Kevin Bacon's SixDegrees.org contest for charities ends ó and volunteers want Clay's charity to win.
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF), Clay Aikenís charity for the inclusion of children with developmental disabilities, is holding a Gala ó and the Foundation's organization of volunteers are among the honorees. The TBAF annual Champions of Change Gala, to be held in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, March 31, celebrates people and organizations who have made outstanding efforts to open doors so children with special needs can be included in their communities. The event will feature a special performance by multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken.
On that same evening, Kevin Bacon's SixDegrees.org contest for charities to win $10,000 in matching funds also comes to an end ó and hundreds of volunteers are working hard to keep TBAF on the winner's list.
Six of the SixDegrees.org charity badges with the highest number of donations will win a matching fund of up to $10,000 from Kevin Bacon ó that could be an extra $10,000 over the $20,000 plus already donated to the TBAF badge. This young Foundation, that is making a difference in the lives of children with and without disabilities through programs of full inclusion, is currently in 2nd place ó but anything could happen over the next five days until this challenge ends at midnight on March 31st.
Among Champions of Change honorees at the Gala are TBAFís Voices of Beta Alpha volunteers, who have played an important role in the success of the TBAF Six Degrees charity badge fundraiser. The Bubel/Aiken Foundation's Beta Alpha chapters, established in twenty states and on nine message boards, actively raise significant funding and awareness to support the Foundationís mission of full inclusion.
ďI am proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees. Our own Beta Alpha volunteersí passion and dedication to raising awareness all across the country should inspire all of us to use our voices to make a difference in our own communities for inclusionĒ, said Clay Aiken, co-founder of TBAF.
Anyone can help TBAF win the SixDegrees.org contest. To donate $10 or more through the TBAF badge, use the click Here To Donate link on this press release or visit the awAikening.org TBAF Six Degrees Charity Badge page.
Your donations are tax-deductible. The number of donations is what matters to win the competition, not the dollar amount. Only one donation per person will count in the Six Degrees contest. Donations through the badge are made to TBAF through Network For Good. For more information about the badge, to view daily tracking progress and to download flyers to help spread the word, visit the TBAF Six Degrees Charity Badge Page website.
Full inclusion is a goal that's become more important now than ever before:
- In 2005, it was estimated that 1.77 million Americans were affected by autism;
- In the United States today, Downs Syndrome affects more than 350,000 people;
- In all, approximately 500,000 people in this country have some degree of cerebral palsy.
"Where did the desire to help come from? The need for help! It's just something you do." - Clay Aiken
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