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DSC Celebrates Over $150,00 Raised In Student Scholarships At 25th Gala

By on November 13, 2017 in Community Stories

Daytona Beach, FL –  On Nov. 8, the Daytona State College Foundation’s 2017 Diamond and Silver Gala marked two milestones for the institution – 60 years as a leader in education service for Volusia and Flagler counties and 25 years of community generosity that has funded scholarships for students and programs needed by the college. This year’s sold-out event recognized community leaders and highlighted distinguished alumni representing the thousands of students who have graduated from Daytona State.

The gala, held at DSC’s Hosseini Center, is among the area’s premier charity events and helps the Foundation raise money for student scholarships and other college initiatives, and generated over $150,000 to be used for direct student support.

“This year, we recognize the 60 years of college growth and 25 years of this wonderful gala event that has helped the Foundation deliver nearly $40 million in financial support to the college and its students,” said Lorene King, vice president of advancement and executive director of the Foundation. “We are fortunate to have a community of benefactors and friends who have given their time, energy and personal resources to invest in Daytona State and our area’s future leaders. Their support has helped students from all walks of life and circumstances find a pathway toward independence, employment, and achievement of personal goals.”

One of the gala’s featured alumni speakers was the Class of 1975’s Stephen Crowley, whose career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer spans more than two decades. Most recently he covered presidents Trump and Obama for the Times. Known as a seeker of moments that capture the essence of history, culture, and life itself, Crowley is regarded as the major influencers in photojournalism today.

Also speaking was Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri (Class of 1989 and 1997) and former DSC Phi Theta Kappa President Melissa Diaz (Class of 2015). Capri earned two credentials from DSC – first graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy in 1989, and then completing an Associate of Arts degree in 1997. He then attended the University of Central Florida earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees before going to the FBI National Academy. Capri was sworn in as Daytona Beach Chief of Police in January 2017.

As a DSC student, Diaz was named to the Florida College System’s 2015 All-Florida Academic Team and was among a handful of students nationwide to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. She will graduate from the University of Florida in December 2017 with a double major in political science and criminology and plans to attend law school to pursue her goal of becoming a civil rights lawyer.

Each of the alumni speakers credited Daytona State College for launching their educational pathway and allowing them to pursue their careers. Crowley said it well: “Everywhere I go, every job I’ve had, I take Daytona State with me.”

Guests attending this year’s gala were treated to a festive international cuisine prepared by Daytona State culinary students under the guidance of their award-winning dean and master chef, Costa Magoulas. Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by keyboard artist Warren Beck, and the finale was a special performance by the Daytona State College Jazz Singers under the direction of Dr. Jean Hickman.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit Foundation.DaytonaState.edu or call 386-506-3195.

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