Agen­er­a­tion of hope — daugh­ters of mu­sic leg­end Nat King Cole give hope to young mu­si­cians

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Society Scene - Palm Beach - - Scenario I -

The Cole twins, Ti­molin and Casey of Boca Ra­ton, the youngest daugh­ters of mu­sic leg­end Nat King Cole, have es­tab­lished Nat King Cole Gen­er­a­tion Hope, Inc., a non-profit foun­da­tion to ben­e­fit mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in schools in Mi­ami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Coun­ties. The Foun­da­tion will be launched at the Nat King Cole Gen­er­a­tion Hope Black & White Gala on Novem­ber 29 at The Forge in Mi­ami Beach.

The Gala will be chaired by phi­lan­thropist and in­ter­na­tional fi­nancier Al Malnik and his wife Nancy Malnik. The Forge, a Mi­ami Beach restau­rant and bar, has served as the in­sti­tu­tion of el­e­gance and taste and was founded by Al Malnik in 1968. The his­toric land­mark and Amer­i­can icon has been the home of great mu­sic events through­out the years in­clud­ing per­for­mances by Frank Si­na­tra and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Gala will fea­ture vis­its from celebrity guests and star-stud­ded en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a per­for­mance by Grammy-winning, Os­car-nom­i­nated pro­ducer song­writer Siedah Gar­rett and 11 time Grammy-nom­i­nated song­writer and pro­ducer Den­nis Lam­bert. Me­lanie Fiona, an artist with SRC Records, will per­form as well. DJ Irie, a 2007 BET Award nom­i­nee will lend his award winning mu­si­cal tal­ent dur­ing the cock­tail re­cep­tion and the Af­ter Party at the Glass bar in­side The Forge. Guests will in­clude some of to­day’s hottest en­ter­tain­ers, the Cole Fam­ily and friends.

The Cole twins launched the Foun­da­tion af­ter learn­ing of bud­get cuts in South Florida pub­lic schools. The Foun­da­tion was cre­ated to pro­vide fund­ing for mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion to chil­dren of all ages, eth­nic back­grounds and di­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing mu­sic in­stru­ment in­struc­tion, mu­sic com­po­si­tion and song­writ­ing, tech­ni­cal in­struc­tion in the record­ing arts, mu­sic in­stru­ments and equip­ment, and mu­sic re­lated sem­i­nars and field trips.

“Our fa­ther was a pi­o­neer and mu­sic leg­end who tran­scended color and race. Dur­ing his life­time, the arts were an in­te­gral part of the ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum; to­day’s youth are art starved,” said Ti­molin Cole. “By en­rich­ing stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to en­hance their mu­si­cal tal­ents and abil­i­ties, his legacy lives on.”

Twin sis­ter Casey Cole added, “We be­lieve our fa­ther, by right, has earned his place in his­tory as a true Amer­i­can hero and leg­end through his con­tri­bu­tions to the world of mu­sic. We hope that through the funds raised we can help in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of youth through the power of mu­sic.”

Nat King Cole was one of the most pop­u­lar singers ever to hit the Amer­i­can charts. A bril­liant record­ing and con­cert artist dur­ing the 40s, 50s, and 60s, he at­tracted mil­lions of fans around the world with a sen­si­tive and ca­ress­ing singing voice that was un­mis­tak­able. Cole had a rare blend of tech­ni­cal mu­si­cal knowl­edge and sheer per­form­ing artistry topped off with an abun­dance of show­man­ship. In the 23 years that he recorded with Capi­tol Records, he turned out hit af­ter amaz­ing hit – nearly 700 songs – all the while manag­ing to re­main a gen­tle, tol­er­ant and gra­cious hu­man be­ing. In 1965, Nat King Cole died trag­i­cally of lung can­cer. He was only 45.

NKC Gen­er­a­tion Hope, Inc. has been es­tab­lished as a 501(c)(3) non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in South Florida. Its of­fi­cers are Ti­molin and Casey Cole, both of Boca Ra­ton. Honorary Board Mem­bers are: Mrs. Nat King Cole of Ponte Ve­dre; Natalie Cole and Ca­role Cole, both of Los An­ge­les; Jimmy Ce­falo of Pittston, Penn­syl­va­nia; Colin Cowie of Los An­ge­les; An­thony C. Gruppo of Ft. Laud­erdale; Mr. and Mrs. El­lis Jones of Los An­ge­les; Les­lie Lin­der of West Palm Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Al Malnik of Palm Beach; Mary­lynne Stephan Mc­Glone of Palm Beach; Holly Robin­son and Rod­ney Peete, both of Los An­ge­les, Made­lyn Savar­ick of Boca Ra­ton; and Mr. and Mrs. Jor­dan Zim­mer­man also of Boca Ra­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Nat King Cole Gen­er­a­tion Hope, Inc., visit: www.natk­ing­cole­foun­da­tion.org.

Artist Me­lanie Fiona

Photo sub­mit­ted

Back row: Is­abell Ter­sio, left, Casey Cole and Ti­molin Cole Front row: Evan Stoltz, left, Shan­non Stone and Bob Ol­sthoorn of the Boca Ra­ton Mid­dle School band

Grammy Award-winning artist Siedah Gar­rett

Photo sub­mit­ted

Ti­molin Cole, left, gala chair­man Al Malnik and Casey Cole

Photo sub­mit­ted

Casey Cole, left, Boca Ra­ton Mid­dle Band Di­rec­tor Michael Fra­ley and Ti­molin Cole with mem­bers of the Boca Ra­ton Mid­dle band

Casey Cole with Is­abell Ter­sio (left) and Shan­non Stone (right)

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