Now That’s a Dedication!

The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Greenville, SC certainly knows how to throw a party! Last weekend, the brand-new Center hosted a three-day extravaganza of events to formally welcome the community and celebrate the long-awaited opening. But I suppose after seven years of planning, fundraising and waiting – the weekend festivities were richly deserved!

Aptly-named Kroctoberfest, the weekend offered just about any form of entertainment one could imagine. The opening gala on Thursday night presented live and silent auctions with proceeds benefitting the many programs that will be offered at the Center. Special guests George Hincapie, Tour de France champion, and Jane Robelot, nationally acclaimed television news correspondent, were among the VIPs at the event.

George Hincapie, Tour de France champion and Quenton Tompkins, Kroc Center Executive Director

Area kids enjoyed soccer and tennis clinics, arts and crafts, zumba dance parties, and basketball in the gymnasium. Don’t be dismayed: the 76,000-square-foot facility also boasts a 25 yard lap pool with a water slide, a boys and girls club, a fitness center, and an impressive theater and worship center – all to be enjoyed at the grand opening October 17.

Teams competed in tournaments following the soccer clinics on Friday.

Anna and Abbey Shaw, grand-daughters of board member Jane Shaw, made the inaugural rides down the water slide!

Along with touring the facilities, guests enjoyed an inspiring concert from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday afternoon – the first live performance in the Collins Performing Arts & Worship Center.

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra entertained a crowd!

The weekend ended with a worship service on Sunday morning- the first ever at the new Kroc Center. A dedication ceremony followed the service with 150 community members witnessing the ribbon cutting, symbolizing the end of seven years of hard work.

The Kroc Center's very first worship service was a well-attended event!

Salvation Army Officers performed the official ribbon-cutting at Sunday's dedication ceremony.


Did you know that there are several Kroc Center locations? As part of Joan Kroc’s vision, the Salvation Army Kroc Centers are strategically placed in communities that prove the most need and sustainability; capable of organizing, fundraising and establishing community support. Good job, Greenville, for making Joan Kroc’s dream a reality!

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