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The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards To Headline at GENERATIONS Concert To Raise Funds For Music Education

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The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards
To Headline at GENERATIONS Concert To Raise Funds For Music Education

BOCA RATON, FL (January 8, 2014)—It will be Some Enchanted Evening as The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards take the stage at the third annual GENERATIONS, a Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc. Concert Benefit to raise funds for music education on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Twin daughters of music legend Nat King Cole, Timolin and Casey Cole of Boca Raton, launched Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. to honor the legacy, music and life of their father Nat King Cole in 2008 after learning of budget cuts in public schools directly affecting the arts.  Since that time, donations in excess of $500,000 have benefited more than  7,500 children with “the greatest need and fewest resources” in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

“Our family history is one of musical excellence and charitable giving,” said Timolin.  “Our father was a trailblazer in the music industry and will live forever through his style, grace and unforgettable music.  Our mother Maria, also an entertainer, sang with Duke Ellington and was known for supporting multiple causes throughout her life. By giving students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, our family’s legacy lives on.”

“We believe that every child should be exposed to music education,” continued Casey.  “Studies prove that participation in school music has a positive impact on areas considered outside the realm of music including dexterity, coordination, self-discipline, self-esteem, thinking skills, listening skills, and personal expression.”

For the past two summers students from Title 1 Palm Beach County schools were transported to Lynn University in Boca Raton to attend the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Strings at Lynn University, a camp that provided elementary students without means an opportunity to receive the highest quality string instruction.  Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., the School District of Palm Beach County and Lynn University Conservatory of Music worked together to make this week-long program happen with Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. funding the cost of running the camp, the school district providing transportation and lunches for the campers and the university donating the space. Students received small group section instruction and private lessons with Lynn’s conservatory students serving as their mentors. The week-long camp culminates in a concert performed in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.

The 2014 GENERATIONS Concert, chaired by Lee and Peg Greenspon, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring music performed by students from the Lynn Conservatory of Music and an ensemble of children they mentored during Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summers Strings and a silent auction that will include one of a kind auction experiences. At 7:30 p.m. the attendees will enjoy music from talented local youth artists followed by the performance by headliners The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

VIP tickets priced at $350 include premier seating, open bar at the pre-concert reception, a private meet-and greet and post-event dessert reception; Donor tickets priced at $150 include priority seating and open bar at the pre-concert reception; and General Admission tickets priced at $75 with cash bar at pre-concert reception are available, but limited.

The mission of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.  It is accomplished by funding programs that provide for instruction, mentoring and resources.  Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. accepts grant applications throughout the year, which are reviewed by its Board of Directors and grants are awarded twice yearly based on the merit of application and availability of funds.  Organization board members include Board President Timolin Cole; Board Vice President Casey Cole; Board Treasurer Rainford Knight – Florida Institute of Finance, LLC; Board Secretary Toni Mastrullo – Telecom Resources of America, Inc.; Robin Coven – Levin HomeCare; Sharon Gordon Mullane, Esq.; Thais Piotrowski – Ameriprise and Milana Walter – Walter Word Works.

To purchase benefit concert tickets visit natkingcolegenhope.org/concert or for more information on Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., call 561-213-8209 or email info@natkingcolegenhope.org.

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Editor’s Note: Schools that have received funding from the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. include:

Palm Beach County:

  • Boca Raton Middle School
    • Boca Raton Community High School
    • Belvedere Elementary School, West Palm Beach
    • Canal Point Elementary School
    • Cholee Lake Elementary School
    • Forest Hill Community High School
    • Heritage Elementary School
    • Jaega Middle School
      • North Palm Beach Elementary School
      • Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts
      • Summer Strings at Lynn University
        • Roosevelt Community Middle School
        • U. B. Kinsey Elementary School
          • Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County


Broward County:

  • Dillard High School
  • Piper High School

Dade County:

  • American Senior High School
  • New World School of the Performing Arts
    • North Miami Middle School
    • Northwest Miami Senior High School
    • Palmetto Elementary School

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