Lakeland Non-Profit Teams Up with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

August 18, 2020

By: Staff Report, PR

LAKELAND, Fla. – Putting the “heart” in the “heart of rock n’ roll,” Ukulele Kids Club, Inc. (“UKC”) has teamed with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Encore Apparel Company (“Encore”) to provide 50 ukuleles for use by the pediatric music therapy program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

A longtime recipient of Ukulele Kids Club music donations, Cleveland Clinic’s music therapy group will use the ukuleles in support of the healthcare of pediatric patients.

Greg Harris, President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, said: “Music is a powerful force. The ukuleles offer a new and exciting experience for children who may never have had the chance to play an instrument before, while at the same time being very beneficial.”

“It would be hard to think of an institution more closely aligned with our priorities than the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” said UKC President Stephanie Epstein, MM, MT-BC. “We recognize the absolute power of music to enhance lives and seek every opportunity to bring this magic to children in need. We are thrilled and honored to be brought together with this great global institution, to help our longtime partners at Cleveland Clinic, and to continue our work with hospitalized children.”

The donation of 50 ukuleles builds on the organizations’ legacy of support for the Cleveland community, and beyond. 

The Ukulele Kids Club (UKC) is an international, nonprofit organization based in Lakeland, Florida. The UKC was founded in 2013 by Corey and Edda Bergman as a tribute to Corey’s son Jared Bergman. Since its founding, the UKC has directly supported the health care of nearly 10,000 children through music, music therapy and donations of its signature instrument.

The UKC works with more than 200 hospital-based music therapy programs in the U.S. and internationally, including Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom. The UKC is a platinum-level GuideStar participant; learn more at www.theukc.org.

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