Let the Benefits Begin!


Photo courtesy of Guitars Over Guns

The season of benefits has well and truly begun.

We can’t possibly cover each and every one, so we’ll give you a sampling of some of the events that drive the social/philanthropy season here on the island. And we’ll start with an endeavor to bring music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.

25bcb25f00000578-0-image-m-5_1424099807043That’s the mission of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, and its Third Annual President’s Society Dinner is being held Thursday night at The Breakers. The event includes a cocktail reception with entertainment by students from U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts; a silent auction; and a private exhibit featuring memorabilia and photos from Nat, Maria and Natalie Cole. Tickets start at $750 for cocktails, dinner and a performance by The Pointer Sisters, or $175 for the cocktail reception only.

“We value 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,” the foundation says. “Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin; playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.”

Fourteen Palm Beach County schools have benefitted from programs funded by Nat King Cole Generation Hope. The organization also partners with Guitars Over Guns, which delivers high impact arts-based mentoring programs to at-risk youth.

Here on Palm Beach, there’s a benefit nearly every night from now through late April. Find a cause that sparks your passion (the Palm Beach Charity Register is a good place to start) and put on your evening clothes!

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