Gala honors megastar Brian Kelley, 2007 alum, former Falcon pitcherDaytona State celebrated its “most famous Falcon,” said President Tom LoBasso during the Foundation’s annual gala on Sept. 13. Homegrown former Falcon baseball pitcher Brian Kelley of the rockin’ country-music duo Florida Georgia Line was the honoree, joined by his parents, sister and wife for a night to remember.
Foundation Executive Director Kay Burniston, who oversaw the gala, noted, "We are extremely appreciative of Brian's willingness to give back to his hometown college and help future students."
Presented with his numbered baseball shirt and the Falcon Award, Kelley was clearly moved by the gathering of 400 local people in his honor, helping to fund scholarships and his new endowed fund at DSC.
“What a really special day. Powerful... I'm really blown away. I'm glad to be a little bit of a vessel for (what the Foundation does to help students).” He attributed his strong work ethic and ability to persevere to his year under Coach Tim Touma’s tutelage. “Thank you for all your tools and life lessons.“
“Man it's really cool to be home,” he added. “I feel like we really did this altogether. These are our awards, ours. . . . I'm really grateful for my parents,” adding how much his sister, wife and friends contributed to his success.
“I love Daytona Beach – I love Florida. It's me. . . . I'm thankful for my Daytona State College family. I became a man here.”