Another very successful year for Line Dance is more than apparent with a new record for money raised by FSU Line Dance to show for it. This would not have been possible without the help of three Brothers of the Florida Epsilon chapter: Nicholas Amaro, Nicholas Schaler, and Nicolas Finol. At Florida State University, Line Dance is the largest philanthropy event run by our Greek Life community. Line Dance is a philanthropy-based event that involves a dance competition amongst all the Panhellenic sororities. This year Line Dance raised roughly $130,000, benefiting the Unconquered Scholars Program, Collegiate Veterans Association, and the College of Social Sciences. The money raised set a new milestone for the individuals involved in Line Dance. The success of Line Dance would not have been possible without the help of our very own brothers and all that they did to contribute to this great success.
Completing his second year involved in Line Dance, Brother Nico Finol has quickly become an important asset on the Line Dance executive board. Taking on the position of Vice President of Programming, Nico was the head coordinator of all fundraising prior to the main event. This fundraising entailed share-it nights, car washes, and a drive-in movie. Nico successfully put on events within the limits of the State and University Covid-19 regulations. Nico plans to continue his involvement in Line dance in the next coming year and encourages incoming and present members to become involved in the Philanthropy.
As a senior, Nick Schaler has been heavily involved in Greek life throughout his time at Florida State along with his second year involved in Line Dance. Schaler had a short run in his first year of being the assistant to the director of finance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following year Schaler took over as the director of finance, becoming the direct point of contact for all 17 Panhellenic sororities regarding Financial inquiries. He was put in charge of all financial transactions leading up to and during the main event. Schaler has also held the position as Vice President of Finance within our own chapter and is continuing his studies at Stetson School of Law. “Line dance was one of the most challenging positions I have held at Florida State, but most rewarding. It has allowed me to make connections throughout all of Greek Life and has given me experience that I will hold onto career-wise,” says Schaler. Schaler leaves a legacy amongst our fellow brothers, as his success within our fraternity and greek life is something that our younger guys look up to.
Nicholas Amaro is not only our Brother President, but Nick also took the position of Co-director along with Pi Kappa Alpha’s Kellen Long. His Job as co-director was to put on the largest Greek Philanthropy event FSU has to offer. His main tasks were to oversee the Executive Board, ensuring that every task was taken care of efficiently. Nick and Kellen were the direct liaison between their University Advisor, assuring the event was carried out properly. Nick was responsible for setting up the website where individuals could easily buy tickets and donate money. With Covid-19, there was so much uncertainty about whether or not they would be able to put on the main event. With continuous back and forth debates between the Directors and the University, the main event for Line Dance was able to happen within the Universities regulations. The event was set out to be a Covid friendly live stream, allowing only the dancers and staff to be present. As a director, Nick was most directly responsible for setting the record for the most amount of dollars raised, even with all the Covid-19 regulations.
In addition to Nick Amaro, Nick Schaler, and Nico Finol we had another brother represent Florida Epsilon at Line Dance this Spring. Brother Andres Salas was appointed as a Director of Line Dance in 2020, but unfortunately the event could not take place due to Covid-19. With Andres’ senior year coming to a close he knew that he still wanted to be involved in the event in some form. He was named one of the two co-hosts who would appear on camera between each dance and give updates to viewers on how the night was going. Brother Salas’ dedication to Florida Epsilon and Line Dance deserves to be noted.
As a fraternity, we are more than proud of our brothers involved in the success of Line Dance, and we continue to encourage our new members to get involved in such a great Philanthropy event. Our brothers continue to make us proud and their hard work and dedication to this event has not gone unnoticed. These individuals have set the bar for the rest of the Florida Epsilon Chapter and their involvement will motivate other brothers for years to come. Florida Epsilon expects to see many successful future Line Dance Events with the help of our future brothers.