Thousands Gather for Kroc Center Grand Opening

The grand opening of The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center of Quincy, IL brought thousands of community members together on Sunday afternoon.

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, guests had an exciting sneak peak at the finished product – one they’ve been waiting to see since the project began seven years ago. Soon-to-be members strolled through the gleaming hallways and admired the grand state-of-the-art amenities which became officially available to the public on Monday.

Grand it is! The beautifully constructed community center boasts an aquatic center, rock wall, worship and performance center, gym and day care center.

“We want [the Kroc Center] to be a place where people receive inspiration from God’s Holy Spirit. We want to inspire families to participate in healthy activities and practices. There is something for everyone here. It is truly a community center, drawing people from every corner of the area and all social classes,” said Major Dan Jennings, Senior Kroc Officer. “The staff is what makes it such an outstanding place to visit. They are simply the best. They have bought into the vision and mission of the Kroc Center and are ambassadors of joy as they interact with the members and guests.”

Check out the video below to get a closer look at all of the fun options available to members!

Upon her passing, Joan Kroc left The Salvation Army $1.5 billion for the development of approximately 30 Kroc Centers across the country. The centers are intended to create positive effects on the surrounding areas – strengthening the family and community bonds, bettering the local economy and creating opportunities for members to grow and learn.

As part of her gift, she asked that the communities wishing to acquire a Kroc Center be capable of raising half of the money needed for the project- an effort to ensure sustainability. We admire communities such as Quincy that were able to organize, fundraise and establish the needed community support.

The best part? Memberships are very affordable! These can be purchased on an annual or monthly basis with prices ranging from $336 per year for an individual to $600 per year for a family. Want to know how you can become part of the Kroc Community in Quincy? Contact Angie Duerr at 855-872-5762.

For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.