Clay Aiken’s charity plans benefit gala June 12, 2012 

“American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” star Clay Aiken will perform at the 2012 Champions Gala to benefit the National Inclusion Project, an organization co-founded by Aiken and Diane Bubel of Charlotte to help children with disabilities mainstream into programs with other children.

Along with Raleigh native Aiken, the 9th annual gala will feature performances by ’80s pop singer Debbie Gibson, Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider and late night talk show host Arsenio Hall — all of who were Aiken’s fellow classmates on “Apprentice.” “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, who defeated Aiken in season 2 of the show, all will appear..

The gala will honor Champions of Inclusion who are making a difference in their communities and in society.

The show takes place Oct. 20 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Gold and platinum ticket holders will be able to have their photo taken with Aiken at a VIP reception held prior to the main event. Platinum ticket holders get an individual photo taken with Clay, while a Gold ticket gets you a group photo.

Platinum tickets are $2,500, and gold tickets are $1,000.

Ticket sale dates are staggered. Platinum tickets went on sale June 12, and gold tickets are available starting at noon on June 19. Event only tickets, which cost $250, go on sale at noon on July 12.

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