About Us

Mission Statement

The Ukulele Kids Club mission is to harness the healing power of music by supporting music therapy programs and gifting ukuleles to hospital-based music therapy programs so that children in need can be sent home with the gift of music for life.

Corey Bergman

President/Founder [corey@theukc.org]

Corey’s affiliations include:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
    Mentor, and Member of Family Advisory Council
    June 2012 – Present
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
    Volunteer, Family and Patient Services
    April 2012 – Present
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Wish Granter, Metro NY and South Florida Regions
    March 2010 – Present

Born and raised in New York, Corey received his first guitar at the age of ten, just at the time the Beatles invaded the United States. His passion for music never ceased. He formed his first working band at the age of fifteen and has been playing ever since. Corey pursued his interest in the music industry as a concert coordinator for Hofstra Concerts and became the head of concert security over the course of his four years at the university. Corey was involved in the production of hundreds of performances including the “In Concert” series tapings for the ABC Television Network, the first rock concert series of its time.

After graduation from college, Corey entered a career in wholesale manufacturing and retail management, with a concentration in marketing. He owned and operated many businesses over the course of his career.

In 2010, after experiencing a personal family tragedy and life changing event, Corey embarked on a new journey with the direction of providing community service. He initiated and established the creation of a memorial fund in conjunction with the Make A Wish foundation in honor of his son Jared. At that time, Corey became a volunteer as a “Wish Granter,” providing direct service and personal contact with “Wish Kids” and their families. He also participated in the creation of high school and college scholarship funds at New Rochelle H.S. in New York and at the University of Rhode Island, in his son’s honor.

During this time, Corey reunited with members from his original band. At the band’s 40th anniversary reunion, the group joined efforts with an Ovarian Cancer Foundation by playing a series of concerts at fundraisers to further aid in its cause.

In 2012, Corey and his wife Edda relocated to Miami, FL, where he ventured into a new area of volunteer service at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. At Joe DiMaggio, he was given the extraordinary opportunity to use his musicianship to aid in the palliative care and treatment of the children and their families. He was asked to join a team of doctors, psychologists, social workers and clergy to provide treatment through guitar playing. This resulted in lowering the rate of respiration and heart rate of patients monitored in intensive care units. He learned the power of music as a healing tool. Corey remains the only volunteer on this team.

In 2013, Corey received the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” with a letter of commendation from President Barack Obama for his efforts at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

In January 2014, Corey and his wife Edda founded the Ukulele Kids Club Inc. with the mission of donating ukuleles to children’s hospitals nationwide for music therapy programs. The Ukulele Kids Club Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Corey continues to perform with musicians in the Miami area, to foster his love and passion for music, and plays at benefits to help support various foundations in New York and Florida.

Corey holds a B.A. from Hofstra University, New York.