An Unforgettable Family Affair to Raise Money for Music Education


By Fred Hamilton

It will be a family affair when Natalie Cole joins her twin sisters for the second annual GENERATIONS concert to raise money for music education.
The benefit, presented by the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc., will be March 1 at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University.

“Our family history is one of musical excellence and charitable giving,” Timolin Cole, of Boca Raton, said. “Our father was a trailblazer in the music industry and will live forever through his style, grace and unforgettable music.”

Their 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,” she continued.

In keeping with the Cole family legacy for Keeping Music Alive, the concert event will showcase generations of musical greatness with Natalie Cole, and opening performances by students from the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings Camp, and local teen performance artists Andrew Foreman, Zoe Fromer, and pianist Jermaine Teague.

The evening includes a pre-concert reception with a silent auction that will include a 4-foot x 3-foot original painting of music legend Nat King Cole by Salvatore Principe, a vintage handbag from the private collection of Maria Cole, a limited edition print of the legendary artists who performed and recorded “We Are The World”, and more.

Timolin and her twin, Casey, launched Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. to honor their father’s legacy, music and life in 2008 after learning of budget cuts in public schools directly affecting the arts. Since that time, donations in excess of $66,000 have benefited more than 5,000 children with “the greatest need and fewest resources” in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

“We believe that every child should be exposed to music education,” continued Timolin. “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.”

VIP tickets are $350 and include premier seating, open bar at the Celebrity Cruises pre-concert reception, a private meet-and greet with performers, and post-event dessert reception. Donor tickets are $150 and general admission is $75.

To buy tickets, visit or call 561-237-9000. For more information on Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., call 561-213-8209 or email

Reach the reporter at Fred@Delraybeachtribune .com or 561-665-0151.



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