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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:09 PM
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Clay Aikenís charity isnít that charitable
I wonder if the "Scamdy" website will redircet their attention to this instead now.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8587284 /

Looks like Clay Aikenís charity isnít terribly charitable.

Aiken co-founded the Bubel/Aiken foundation to benefit children with disabilities, but a document filed with the Internal Revenue Service revealed that of the more than $1 million the group raised last year, less than a third was handed out in grants.

More than $150,000 went for travel expenses, $173,000 for ďprofessional services,Ē and nearly $150,000 for salaries. One of the reasons for the high expenses was high-profile galas held in places like Los Angeles and Hawaii.

Aikenís rep didnít return The Scoopís call for comment, but his partner, co-founder Diane Bubel, told WRAL-TV in Raleigh that critics are misrepresenting the situation. ďWeíre volunteering and doing something good, and all we hear is complaining,Ē Bubel said.


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laureloak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:36 PM
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1. Where did the funds come from for this charity?
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:48 PM
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2. Well, some of them came from the "high-profile galas"
One of the reasons for the high expenses was high-profile galas held in places like Los Angeles and Hawaii.

The Hawai'i gala was held this past February. From what I hear, the hotel ballroom, seating nearly a thousand, was jam full at $175 a pop. Some of Clay's fans even rushed the stage, a la Sinatra in the bobby-soxer era. :eyes:

Disclaimer: After the gala, Clay stayed to address the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities. Guess who introduced him??? (me) He was actually pretty good, though he had a tendency to rush the speech a little bit and trip over words.
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laureloak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:28 AM
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3. So the funds came about as a result of Clay's work? n/t
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