Chaka Khan To Headline Presidents Society Dinner Benefiting Music Education

Top Quote It will be an unforgettable night at the President's Society Dinner, a Nat King Cole Generation Hope event to raise funds for music education, on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at The Breakers Palm Beach as GRAMMY® Award winning artist Chaka Khan takes the stage to Keep Music Alive! End Quote
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (1888PressRelease) November 30, 2017 - Guests at the 4th Annual President's Society Dinner will enjoy a non-stop musical evening which begins with a cocktail reception with entertainment from U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts and the A. W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, a silent auction and a private exhibit of Nat King Cole memorabilia. The cocktail hour will be followed by an intimate dinner in the Circle Ballroom, a live auction and performances by emerging artists Haven Star and Sons of Mystro opening for GRAMMY® Award-winner Chaka Khan!

    Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy, the 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner is looking forward to the celebration. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Affectionately known around the world as Chaka, she is revered by millions of fans as well as her peers for her timeless, classic and unmatched signature music style and ability. Currently the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced nominees for induction into the class of 2018 and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan are among nominees.

    Always a highly anticipated component of the event, this year’s private exhibit "Nat King Cole in Black and White” will feature letters, photos and memorabilia focused on Cole’s experiences during the Civil Rights Era. Nat King Cole once said, “I like to think that I bring harmony to the world through my music.” People of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds filled sold out arenas and concert halls across the globe as well as in his home country of the United States. His presence was lauded and crowds in the thousands greeted him at airports in Japan, Cuba, Brazil and other countries. In America he was ‘royalty’, his voice and persona were considered a national treasure. Even so, there were those that could not or would not get past his being an African American, as shown by his reception at an Alabama concert and when purchasing his home in Los Angeles, California.

    In showcasing Cole’s effect on the world and the times he was living in, Nat King Cole Generation Hope has assembled selections from a collection of Nat King Cole memorabilia, personal photos and correspondence from the Cole Family as well as replicas of items donated by Maria Cole to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. A few examples include copies of letters from dignitaries and celebrities; documents and press clippings highlighting racial injustice; and photos of the Cole Family during this period.

    “Our family history is one of musical excellence and charitable giving,” said Casey Cole. “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 sharing our family’s history and giving students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities; our family’s legacy lives on.”

    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 $1.3 million have benefited thousands of children with “the greatest need and fewest resources”.

    Nat King Cole Generation Hope values music as a critical learning tool that keeps students engaged in school, helps develop well-rounded individuals and encourages skills that are vital for success in the 21st century. Research has proven that access to a quality music education engages students in the classroom and increases graduation rates; improves early cognitive development, math and reading skills; enhances learning in other core subjects; develops critical thinking and leadership skills; and fosters self-esteem and the ability to work cooperatively in teams.

    “As our organization is a publicly funded non-profit organization we have been blessed to have such strong support across the country. We are proud of the programs and services we have been able to provide to children in need and we hope to continue for years to come,” said Timolin Cole. “That is why we are calling upon our community to join us in spreading the message of our mission to Keep Music Alive.”

    To be added to the invitation list, purchase tickets or for information on sponsorship or underwriting opportunities please contact Executive Director Shanna St John at 561-213-8209.

    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.

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