Friday, August 5, 2011

Tickets still available for Foundation Gala honoring “Gator Burt’ Reames

Tickets are still available for the Daytona State College Foundation’s signature fundraising event next month, when it pays tribute to longtime community advocate and college supporter Bert Reames.
The “Championship Gala” will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, at Daytona State’s L. Gale Lemerand Center (bldg. 310), 1200 W. Int’l Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Better known as “Gator Bert,” Reames was born in Gainesville and attended the University of Florida. He graduated from Drury College in 1949 before moving to Daytona Beach that same year.

For decades, Reames has been active in community service and fundraising for a variety of organizations, including the American Red Cross, Daytona Beach Rotary Club, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Visitors and the Halifax Medical Center Foundation, to name just a few. He is president of Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, which specializes in life, health, disability and other employee benefits. He has been designing and implementing employee benefit plans since 1955.

The 2011 “Championship Gala” begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Tailgate Party (poolside cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception), followed by the MVP dinner at 6:30. The evening will conclude with a poolside dessert reception. Guests are encouraged to dress in business casual attire or, even better, wear their favorite college colors. 

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Daytona State College Foundation, providing funding for student scholarships and campus growth initiatives.

For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact the Foundation by email at, call (386) 506-3110, or visit