You’re Invited: Kroc Center Grand Opening in Biloxi, MS!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Biloxi, MS would like to invite YOU to their official grand opening this coming Saturday, September 17! After nine years, the $22 million structure is sparkling and ready for public enjoyment. The community center offers a variety of programs to people of all ages including athletic, art and music programs.
The fitness center offers classes for members of all abilities! A professional and trained staff is on site to show members how to properly use the equipment. Group classes like Zumba and Yoga offer a fun alternative to regular exercise. For a list of classes and programs offered through the athletic department, Click Here.
Unique to the Gulf Coast is an aquatics center complete with a recreation pool, lazy river, slide, hydrotherapy bench and two lane lap pool! The center enables members to learn new skills, make friends and improve fitness. A number of activities will be offered, namely water aerobics which provides joint-friendly exercise options. To learn more about the scheduled classes and programs, Click Here. The Kroc Center of Biloxi was founded as a way to give new life to an area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Founder Joan Kroc, sympathetic to American cities in need, had a strong desire to build a community center in Biloxi as a way to help residents realize their full potential. The Center aims to encourage a spiritual mindset and healthy body. We hope you can get on board! Click Here to learn more about The Salvation Army Kroc Centers.

Come join the fun this Saturday!

The Kroc Center of Biloxi is located at:

575 Division Street

Biloxi, MS 39530

For more information on the Kroc Center of Biloxi, please call 228-207-1218. You can also visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Kroc Center Opens in Greenbay, Wisconsin

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenbay, Wisconsin warmly welcomed the community at the grand opening on Saturday, August 20 after seven years in development.

Area children and families are excited as the impressive 95,000-square-foot Center will provide a great source of entertainment and learning opportunities throughout the year. The Center includes a fitness center, performing arts auditorium, swimming pool, library, computer laboratory, dental clinic, dance studio, gymnasium and more!

The official dedication and ribbon-cutting of the $24 million facility took place on August 27. Following the dedication, the Center hosted the “Kroc and Roll Ball”, a 1950’s-themed opening gala honoring founders Ray and Joan Kroc. The theme recalled the decade that Ray Kroc founded McDonald’s.

Gala guests enjoyed dinner and music provided by an appropriately themed barbershop quartet.

“The impact of this facility will go far beyond a building,” Captain Ken Shiels, Brown County coordinator, stated. “It will be a place for kids, families and individuals to develop new interests and life-changing and life-affirming skills. The Kroc Center is an extension of our mission to serve people as our resources allow, raising people up and strengthening, encouraging and enriching their lives.”

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are being constructed in various cities across the country in an effort to provide opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service.

There are currently 13 Centers across the country, with ten in the works. Each center is open to people of all ages and income levels.

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

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

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San Diego Charger Marcus McNeill Visits Kroc Center

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Kroc Center of San Diego received a special visit from San Diego Chargers’ Marcus McNeill! The acclaimed Offensive Tackle stopped by the Kroc Center Day Camp to encourage “getting fit and having fun” as part of his mission to end childhood obesity.

Whether its food banks, blood drives, or scholarships, the San Diego Chargers football team has a long-standing reputation for helping the San Diego community.

Marcus was greeting by Majors Lee and Michele Lescano. Along with discussing the importance of exercise and nutrition, Marcus also guided the kids (300 of them!) through various physical challenges. You’ll get to see just how much fun the Kroc Center Day Camp really is by watching the video below!The Kroc Center Day Camp program provides children the opportunity to play and grow in a positive and safe environment. We strive to develop the whole child- mentally, physically, and emotionally through structured group activities that aid in socialization and self-confidence,

For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please visit our website by clicking here.

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Kroc Center Grand Opening Draws Crowd of 9,000

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta, GA swung open the doors on August 6 and embraced the public after seven years of planning and developing the 100,000-square-foot center.
Over 9,000 guests visited throughout the day and night, munching on hotdogs and celebrating the Center’s opening. First-arrivers were entertained with a performance by the Salvation Army Band in the impressive Franklynn Hall Arts and Worship Center. Augusta Green Jackets team members signed autographs for a long line of eagerly awaiting fans. Guests were even offered free massages!
The day ended with a rockin’ performance by local band Cowboy Mouth and an impressive fireworks show timed to traditional Salvation Army Brass Band music. By the first full day of operation, 1,004 memberships were sold representing 2,374 members!
“Our Grand Opening far exceeded my expectations. After planning for so long and after our team had put so much work and heart into this project since its beginning, it was an amazing feeling and a beautiful sight to behold. It was fun, it was filled with laughter, learning and depth and with over 9,000 guests coming onto the campus that day, my heart was blessed. I was reminded over and over again of this wonderful gift from Joan Kroc and the blessing the Lord has bestowed upon the Greater Augusta Area because of that gift”, said Captain Todd Mason, Kroc Center and Area Administrator.
The massive structure which sits on 17 acres in historic Harrisburg boasts a spectacular pool and waterslide, gymnasiums and fitness centers, recreational rooms for kids and adults, an amphitheater, and a banquet hall.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center provides facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors.

Click here to learn more about the Salvation Army Kroc Centers nationwide.

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First Patrons Visit New Salvation Army Kroc Center in Augusta

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Some couldn’t wait to get on the water slide. Others couldn’t wait to hit the basketball court. Others headed towards classes in weight lifting, step, cardio-combat, spinning, yoga, tai chi,…

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Did You Know, Pt. 5: The Gift of Kroc

Friday, May 13, 2011

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Did you know that Joan Kroc, widow of McDonalds’ founder Ray Kroc, gave one of the largest charitable gifts in history to The Salvation Army? Click on our National Salvation Army Week ‘Did You Know’ video to find out more!

* Beaumont, TX: The Salvation Army will host the second annual Kids Book Fair on Friday, May 13, at the Point North Housing Complex.

* Modesto, CA: The Salvation Army’s Red Shield youth members will provide a Boxing Demonstration at the Vintage Faire Mall on May 14.

* Nashville, TN: The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team will host The Salvation Army as Charity of the Night on Saturday, May 14. The Army will host a booth at the stadium featuring activities and giveaways for families and kids as the Sounds take on the Sacramento Rivercats.

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Philadelphia Kroc Center Opening Saturday – And You’re Invited!

Friday, October 15, 2010

You’re invited to celebrate with The Salvation Army of Philadelphia this Saturday, October 16 at the ribbon cutting of their new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center! It’s the 9th center to open in the United States as a result of Mrs. Kroc’s generous gift in 2004, and it’s expected to double the Salvation Army’s social service impact in Philly, serving 750-1,000 people per day.

After the 1:30pm ribbon cutting, there will be a dedication ceremony, self-guided tours and free concert, along with the Center’s first worship service Sunday morning. They’re not wasting any time in opening their doors to the public, and after seeing the Kroc’s construction photos, we can’t WAIT to see the final product!

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And yes, the Center will be awesome. The three-pool Aquatic Center, two-story state-of-the art fitness center, multi-sport athletic field and community garden don’t even begin to describe all the amenities and opportunities the Kroc will offer Philadelphians. Plus, it’s going to create more than 400 jobs and $22 million in economic impact annually. I can’t think of a reason not to be excited!

We hope you can make it Saturday, and if not, find more information (and there’s a lot more interesting information that we can’t fit into this blog), visit www.SalvationArmyKrocCenter.org.

You can also find ongoing updates at The Salvation Army’s Philadelphia Kroc Center page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPhiladelphia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/SalArmyPhilly).

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Kerrville, TX Kroc Center Nears Completion

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Kerrville, TX is well on its way to completion, and with the exciting progress we’ve seen in construction thus far, we can hardly wait until its official opening in less than 3 months! The Center is going to be an awesome addition to Texas’ beautiful Hill Country.

The Kroc Center already has its own website up with information about the Center’s history, facilities, church schedule, membership rates, photos, and a future blog. Check it out at http://kerrvillekroc.org/.

And it’s obvious The Salvation Army is excited for the Kroc Center to be a part of the Kerrville community – its Facebook page is blowing up every day with posts about fun events and community services available around the area. Stay up to date by finding ‘Kerrville Kroc Center’ on Facebook and add it to your Page Favorites!

Salvation Army Capt. Brett Meredith spoke with the San Antonio Express-News about what the Center will mean for Kerrville. Here’s a brief excerpt of reporter Zeke MacCormack’s article, “It ‘isn’t your grandmother’s Salvation Army’”:

“This isn’t your grandmother’s Salvation Army,” Meredith said of the 48,000-square-foot community center, which was underwritten by funding from the late Joan Kroc, whose husband, Ray, founded the McDonald’s franchise.

“It’s a holistic ministry of the body, mind and soul, and will allow entry on level ground for people of differing socioeconomic backgrounds,” he said Tuesday.

“We’re very, very fortunate to be chosen,” Kerr County Judge Pat Tinley said. “It provides an opportunity to fill some voids in services that were needed by the community.”

The center will include a Boys and Girls Club of America, a venue for the Hill Country Children’s Theater, after-school programs for up to 120 kids, and summer nutrition programs.

It will be able to accommodate 1,000 people per day in the summer, Meredith said, adding he hoped membership would exceed 5,000.”

Pretty cool, huh? And that’s only a very few of the many services and opportunities offered by The Salvation Army’s Kerrville Kroc Community Center. For more information about the Kerrville Kroc Center, visit their website at http://kerrvillekroc.org/.

Learn more about how the generous $1.5 billion donation of the late Mrs. Joan Kroc made the construction of this Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, as well as others like it around the country, possible by visiting The Salvation Army’s website here.

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Kids Gone Fishin’ at Kroc Center

Thursday, May 27, 2010

With nets in-hand, more than a dozen students from Grand Rapids, Michigan schools will assist in the transfer of approximately 4,250 live fish from a portable semi-trailer tank to a “Fishin’ Hole” located in the center of Grand Rapids’ soon-to-be-open Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center’s campus. The release will include 200 Bluegills, 50 Perch and 4,000 minnows. When open, the “Fishin’ Hole” will provide those young and young-at-heart an opportunity to try their luck at catching the “big one” right in the heart of the city.

What a great way to get people in the mood for summer and encourage kids to get excited about fishing, especially if they’ve never had an opportunity to try it before!

In addition to fishing, families and individuals will have plenty to keep themselves entertained and active when the Kroc Center opens in October. Covering more than 20 acres, the center will provide programming and opportunities in the areas of Arts and Music, Education, Health and Wellness, Recreation and Worship. For more information about the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, visit www.grkroccenter.org.

Additional information about The Salvation Army’s many Kroc Centers can be found here or on our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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NSAW Fact of the Day: Joan Kroc’s History-Making Charitable Gift

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK

Did You Know…?

In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her wish was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the center sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts.

When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion – much of her estate – to The Salvation Army, by far the largest charitable gift ever given to the Army, and the largest single gift given to any charity at one time, to help build more of these Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Centers across the United States where such amenities and opportunities are scarce.

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