For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Glick (518) 857-5186
TROY, NY (04/20/12) – The owner of a Troy nightclub is working with local students to offer a no-alcohol dance party experience this Tuesday, May 8, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“There are just too many issues with over/under events where alcohol is served. So we are designing an 18 and over club night for the sole purpose of giving college students a safe place to go and dance where absolutely no alcohol is served,” said Joe Glick, owner of Kokopellis night club. “Our bouncers will not allow anyone in the club who is visibly under the influence.”
Glick, 34, purchased the three-story club building with his father Barry Glick in August. While the first floor sports lounge and third floor VIP lounge have stocked bars on them, both will be closed and locked during the alcohol-free event. Instead, only the second-story dance floor will be open, and will be accessible only through its own separate street-level entrance. The dance club can accommodate 99 people at one time and features a high-end sound system and the hottest intelligent laser light show in the Capital Region. There will be no re-admittance for this event.
Graduating RPI senior Chris Low, 21, who first approached Glick with the idea of hosting a no-alcohol dance party at the club, considers the event his parting present to the younger students.
“When I was a freshman, the student policies weren’t as strict as now,” Low said, citing new college regulations and city laws regarding college parties and noise complaints. “Essentially the social scene at RPI has become non-existent unless you are over 21.”
Low does have an occasional drink now that he’s 21, but says he takes pride in being responsible and is usually the sober, designated driver for his friends.
“Although some students think otherwise, alcohol and fun are not necessarily intertwined,” said Low. “I want to show that you can have fun without alcohol.”
Low expects to draw most club goers to the event from the RPI student population, but students from any area college are invited to attend.
He is currently attempting to raise $3,600 to make the event entirely free for those who attend. His costs include a $2,500 rental fee for the club, $400 for the DJ, $400 for an RPI shuttle to bring students to and from the club, $250 for food, and $50 for incidental costs.
Donations by check should be made to Kokopellis Nightclub, with “Zero Alcohol Party” in the memo. Mail to: Kokopellis, 124 4th St. Troy, NY 12180. Online donations by PayPal or Credit Card can be made at:
Low is also currently seeking event sponsorships from businesses and nonprofits. If he does not reach his fundraising goal, there may be an admission fee for the event.
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If there is interest from the college community, Glick says he would be willing to host similar alcohol-free events next year.
On the following night, Wednesday, May 9, all three levels of Kokopellis will be open for a 21 and over end of the school year party featuring entertainment by DJ Joey G Entertainment.
“We’re trying to provide something for the entire college community,” Glick said. “On Tuesday, we have the alcohol-free party for students under 21. On Wednesday, we’ll host a party for the 21 and over students who want to drink responsibly.”
UPCOMING EVENTS AT KOKOPELLIS
Kokopellis will host an Open House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 27 during Troy Night Out. All three levels of the club, including the first floor sports bar, the second floor dance club, and the third floor high-end VIP lounge, will be open to the public so that visitors can fully explore Troy’s newest hot spot.
For information, visit: http://www.kokopellisclub.com or call 518-326-3024
Joe Glick (518) 857-5186 | Chris Low (310) 699-0149