Love Shack to raise money, make love connections

Get a crowd of single women or a group of single men together, and many of them will testify that dating is incredibly stressful.

“Finding a nice guy to go on a date with is very difficult,” said Ketia Felix, a freshman physical therapy student from Orlando.

Against all dating norms, imagine a place to have a variety of people from which to choose.

Well, “The Love Shack” might just be the place you’re looking for.

“‘The Love Shack'” is a fundraiser for the FAMU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity where students can win a date with other students who represent various on-campus organizations,” said fundraising committee co-chairperson Tamieka Mays, a 21-year-old political science student from Cherry Hill, N.J.

“The Love Shack” will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Lee Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door.

“Everyone is invited to ‘The Love Shack.’ Proceeds from this event will help benefit a great thing,” said Ashley Givens, a junior business administration student, who is also a co-chairperson for the fundraising committee.

The organization’s main goal is to build a Habitat Home for a needy family in the Tallahassee area. In partnership with the Florida State University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the FAMU chapter has to raise $15,000.

“‘The Love Shack’ is a great way to raise money. Everyone is looking for a man or woman to be with. So, everyone who attends this event can certainly benefit from it,” said “Love Shack” participant Lamar Edwards, a sophomore business administration student from Fort Myers.

Participants from over 15 organizations will volunteer and allow themselves to be auctioned for a date. Immediately following the “Love Shack” will be a catered affair at which participants will have a chance to sit down with their dates for a dinner in the President’s Dining Hall.

“This event is a great way to get Habitat for Humanity’s name out there and let everyone know what we are trying to accomplish as an organization,” Givens, 20, said.

Participants had several qualifications to meet to be featured in The “Love Shack”. To participate, you must be an active member of an organization on FAMU’s campus and have the approval of that organization.

The “Love Shack” will provide a place to let loose and disappear from the normal dating hassles, even if it is just for one night.

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