Ukulele Therapy: WKRC Local 12 and Hamilton Journal News

What makes our FLEA ukulele donation program special this month? The instrument count zipped past the 50th instrument milestone at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Our single largest donation was spiced up with many unique colors. The tally (since 2010) soared to 55 FLEA ukuleles!

Making it all the more special was a news spotlight by Liz Bonis at local CBS affiliate (WKRC Local 12 News)Click here or image below to view the magic of FLEA ukuleles and Music Therapy:


A “sneak preview” of the donation set was displayed at the Liberty Township campus of CCHMC. Jenn Selely, a board certified Music Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist, joined me to host a Q&A session with the Hamilton Journal News. Click here or image below to view the story:


Donations on this scale would not be possible without generous support from individuals and businesses.

For this round, extra recognition goes to Sharon and Dave Kitzmiller who set an impressive record for an individual pledge. Their generosity alone enabled SIXTEEN colorful FLEA ukuleles to go into the hospital’s music therapy program! It all started with casual conversation at our Anderson High School reunion this summer. What an impact they chose to make. Thank you Sharon and Dave!

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

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THANK YOU Tide Dry Cleaners (Liberty Township, OH)

Our retail mission serves ukulele players on a national scale. Sales proceeds help us drive a steady donation of FLEA® ukuleles into hospital music therapy programs –– the heart of our community mission. External sponsors (businesses + individuals) help us accelerate donations to reach even more hospitalized children.

Last spring, we also developed a UKULELE Prom Pack concept. This is an attractive prize for After Prom raffles, encouraging teens to attend and “play it safe” during Prom night. A big hit (see prior posts). We donated to several Cincinnati area schools, plus invited business sponsors. The following organization deserves special attention. Not just for their heartfelt support of Lakota East High School’s event, but also to highlight the focused marketing benefits such sponsorships can offer:

Please visit their website (click logo). Better yet, visit their shop for state-of-the-art fabric care if you reside anywhere near Liberty Township, Ohio.

Why would a DRY CLEANER sponsor a UKULELE for a PROM event?

1. Location, Location, Location. The shop has close proximity to the school and hence a heavy passerby stream of prospective business. Parent clothing, student formalwear and uniforms (e.g., prom gowns, band, athletics). Supporting a special, nightlong school event may provide that extra incentive to take notice and visit.

2. Grand Prize Appeal. The ukulele category is large and growing, especially among teens. A colorful, superb quality ukulele is a bit more exciting to teens at a 3:00 am raffle than any dry cleaning special. Not easy to compete with iPods and flat-screen TV’s as the grand prize, but FLEA® ukuleles were up there … ask the winners!

3. Immediate Recognition and Reach. The prize is amply featured with the sponsor’s ID and promo materials –– not just to student attendees, but also all parent volunteers and parents/siblings attending the “After Prom Preview” event.

CHECK IN TABLE – Programs with sponsor listing, promo materials

PRIZE TABLE – features high value prize, who provided it

APPRECIATIVE PARENTS – not a “staged” pose, these moms just picked up Tide DC coupons and I asked for a photo!

Would you or your organization like to bring this prize to your local high school After Prom? Email me at with your After Prom information. I’ll gladly put together a UKULELE Prom Pack at special sub-retail pricing. I also help manage the logistics of getting the prize delivered to the school contact and properly featured for the event.

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BID on a Kit at St. Max Festival, June 11-13

Thank you to the many who visited our display … and to the lucky winner!

MUSICIAN MAKER KIT donated for silent auction at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church festival in Liberty Township, OH (5720 Hamilton-Mason Rd).
Bid to win the kit! Join all the fun! Festival runs June 11-13, 2010.

Summer festivals bring families and communities together.  Good friends, food, drink, music, games, raffles, auctions, fresh outdoor air … rain or shine.  Free admission.  Free parking shuttles.  What a relief in a distressing economy.

In return, festival proceeds enable the gracious host to persevere in its community mission.  Volunteers and donations keep everything viable and efficient. True Joy Acoustics is proud to be a GOLD level sponsor of this year’s festival.

So if residing in or visiting the Cincinnati tri-state region in the middle of June, come join the fun at St. Max! See details by clicking: St. Max.

Win a Hibiscus RED Ukulele Kit ... starting bid is only $75!

Whether or not you successfully bid on a festival kit, remember that ongoing kit sales benefit two special community causes: all kits are quality packed by a visually impaired workforce, and we donate kits to pediatric hospital programs.

Summer is also a perfect time to learn and enjoy a FLEA ukulele!

Our kits make it easy to learn music and travel with all the right gear. All FLEA ukuleles are made in the USA. So pick a patriotic model color or two and start strummin’ a solo or duet … you’ll love your summertime FLEAs!

All kits and combo packs are listed on our EBAY Store and

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

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