SOURCE: Nat King Cole Generation Hope

Nat King Cole Generation Hope

September 14, 2010 11:44 ET

Nat King Cole's Daughters to Commemorate Their Father and Honor Johnny Mathis While Benefitting Music Education at a "Stardust Affair"

Benefit on November 20 in South Florida Will Mark Music Legend's Passing 45 Years Ago

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  The youngest twin daughters of Nat King Cole, Timolin and Casey Cole, will commemorate their father while raising funds for music education by hosting Nat King Cole Generation Hope's "Stardust Affair" on November 20 in South Florida. The Cole twins founded the organization (www.natkingcolefoundation.org), a non-profit foundation that supports music education in public schools, in 2008.

Music legend Johnny Mathis (www.johnnymathis.com) will attend The Stardust Affair where he will receive the Nat King Cole Lifetime Achievement Award of Unforgettable Music. Mrs. Nat King Cole will join her twin daughters in honoring Mr. Mathis and in commemorating her late husband 45 years after his passing; Nat King Cole would have turned 90 this year. 

"Johnny Mathis, for more than 50 years, has been one of the most celebrated singers in the world, and we are thrilled to recognize this wonderful man with the Nat King Cole Lifetime Achievement Award for Unforgettable Music," said Timolin Cole. "By raising funds for music education, perhaps we will help inspire a future Johnny Mathis or Nat King Cole."

Boca Raton philanthropists Brooke and Michael Toppel will serve as the honorary chairs for The Stardust Affair. The event will take place at the Boca Raton Resort's Beach Club and will feature live music entertainment, a silent auction, dinner and dancing under the stars overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Décor for The Stardust Affair will be provided by Carol Ann Kradin of CA Productions (www.caproductions.biz), an event planning, décor and design firm. Proceeds will help further music education in South Florida schools, reaching kids with the greatest need and fewest resources. 

"We believe our father, by right, has earned his place in history as a true American hero and legend through his contribution to the world of music," said Casey Cole. "By enriching students with the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, our father's legacy lives on."

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