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