Hampton Roads Kroc Center is Now Open!

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Photo courtesy of Kroc Center Hampton Roads

After nearly a decade in the making, The Salvation Army’s Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia officially opened its doors!

The grand opening kicked-off Friday with the Hope Gala, a highly anticipated black- tie event. Proceeds from the Gala went toward the Joshua P. Darden Scholarship Fund, which provides Kroc Center scholarships to families in need.

The celebration didn’t stop there. Throughout the weekend, more than 5,000 people toured the 92,000-square-foot facility and participated in events including music and arts festival, a dedication service, an evening concert and more! Even RJ Kroc, the official Kroc Center mascot, and Ronald MacDonald made special appearances during the festivities.

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RJ Kroc. Photo courtesy of Kroc Center Hampton Roads

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Photo courtesy of Kroc Center Hampton Roads

The estimated $80 million dollar Kroc Center, made possible by a generous gift from the late Joan Kroc, is expected to serve more than 10, 000 members in the community annually and will serve as a great source for educational enrichment, life skills development, and both spiritual and physical wellness year-round. The facility’s exciting new features include an aquatics center, water slide, a fitness center, a theater, a chapel, and classrooms.

The Salvation Army has been doing the most good in Hampton Roads since 1905 by serving those who are in the most need in the community and surrounding areas. The past six to seven years have been dedicated to providing a new level of Salvation Army programs and services, which is what the new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is all about.

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Photo courtesy of Kroc Center Hampton Roads

You can learn more about the Hampton Roads Kroc Center by visiting their Facebook page or Website.

For membership information call (757) -622- KROC or visit http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/hrva/kroccenter/

For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please Click Here.

In 2004, the late Joan Kroc, widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc,  left a generous $1.5billion to the Salvation Army designated to build a series of state-of-the-art Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the nation. Kroc’s condition was that each community that wished to obtain a Kroc center would need to raise half of the funds required to build the facility. The intent of the Center’s is to bring communities together and help create a safe place for education, family support, recreational use, and spiritual guidance.