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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2016) – The Daytona State College Foundation will celebrate a homegrown Falcon who has soared to mega-stardom when it hosts its annual gala on Foundation gala to honor Florida Georgia Line’s Brian KelleyTuesday, Sept. 13.

Brian Kelley of the award-winning country music duo Florida Georgia Line, and a 2007 DSC alumnus from Ormond Beach, will be the honored guest at the 2016 gala, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the college's beautiful Mori Hosseini Center on DSC's Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Daytona State President Tom LoBasso cites the spirit of Kelley's gift of time and generosity to his alma mater. "We are extremely appreciative of Brian's willingness to give back to his hometown college and help future students."

"We are thrilled to have Brian as our honored guest," added Foundation Executive Director Kay Burniston. "While there are many who have contributed to Brian's confidence and success along the way, we hope that his time at Daytona State contributed to his growth. We are very proud of him and all he has accomplished."

While attending Daytona State, Kelley was a member of the Falcon baseball team under Coach Tim Touma. He later transferred to Florida State University and then to Belmont University in Nashville, where he met and collaborated with Tyler Hubbard to form Florida Georgia Line. The duo soon rocketed to the top of the country music charts, most recently earning Duo of the Year honors during April's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Florida Georgia Line performed before thousands on May 28 at Daytona International Speedway for its inaugural country music festival. During his time on stage, Kelley lauded his hometown, friends and upbringing, as well as noting his alma mater and Coach Touma.

The annual Foundation gala is among the area's premier charity events. Guests will be treated to a festive international cuisine prepared by Daytona State culinary students under the guidance of their award-winning chef instructors.

Limited sponsorship opportunities for the September event start at $750 per couple. Proceeds will support the Brian Kelley Endowment Scholarship Fund, which will be dedicated to defraying the cost of tuition, fees and books for students with financial need.

For more information, or to purchase a sponsorship, visit Foundation.DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 506-3407.