LETTER: Club BADD Tries To Keep Kids Good


2011-04-26: Note: Club Badd is no longer functioning, per Ms. Turley.

"There's nothing for teens to do in Calvert County except bowling and movies, then you have to wait on leagues and there's only so many movies you can watch." Parents have heard it over and over.

To remedy this situation, Darci Niosi and Lisa Turley, two busy Calvert County moms and school volunteers are opening Club BADD Teen Nightclub. The acronym BADD stands for Believe And Dare to Dream. Club BADD is a year round, fun, safe, energetic and visually stimulating Nightclub without alcohol, tobacco or drugs. The cost is $10 and may go to $12 for special events. That's only $2.50 per hour for kids to hang out with friends, dance and jam with the DJ!

Club BADD can hold 250 excited teens! Friday nights from 7-11 pm focuses on middle school teens and Saturday nights from 8pm-midnight are for all teens 18 and under. Each weekend, Club BADD hosts a dynamic DJ and will often showcase dancers to teach teens the newest and coolest dance moves. The Club will be open every weekend throughout the Summer and possibly fall back to every other weekend in the Fall.

The club hosts various school nights such as Northern, Calvert and Huntingtown nights and a portion of the proceeds go to that night's school of choice to be used for their Sports, Dance or Art Program along with the schools PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System). Pizza and drinks are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds go to the Calvert County Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant wishes to children with terminal illnesses. After only the first 2 weekends Club BADD was able to donate $400 to the Calvert County Board of Education and $400 to Make-a-Wish.

The overall goal is to keep teens off the streets, in a safe, fun, positive environment and at a relatively low cost, while at the same time giving back to the community through schools and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Club BADD is in cooperation with Calvert County Sheriff, Mike Evans, and has been approved by the Calvert County Fire Department and Calvert County Board of Education.

Lisa Turley, Co-Owner
Calvert County

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