RAY & JOAN KROC CENTERS

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 goal 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 a variety of family-friendly options for indoor and outdoor recreation, health and fitness, performing arts, after-school programs, and more.

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 single charity at one time.

The gift, which eventually grew to $1.8 billion, was split evenly among the four Army Territories – Central, East, South, and West. Half of the money was designated to build a series of state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers nationwide patterned after the San Diego center, and the other half formed endowments to supplement local fundraising for the centers’ ongoing operational costs.

No other U.S. charity has ever undertaken such a sweeping fundraising or construction effort with the potential to impact so many people. By late 2014, 26 Kroc Centers had opened and were serving well over 130,000 people each week, and growing.

LOCAL KROC CENTERS

CHICAGO

Tasha M. Gibson

Performance & Visual Arts Manager

Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

(773) 995-0151

GRAND RAPIDS

Alyson Rodriguez

Fine Arts Supervisor

The Salvation Army Kroc Center

(616) 588-7200

OMAHA

Kevin Boesiger

Fine Arts Manager

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

(402) 905-3523

SOUTH BEND

Mandy Simons

Arts & Education Manager

The Salvation army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

(574) 233-9471

CHICAGO

Michael LaDisa

Music and Gospel Arts Manager

Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

(773) 995-0151

GREEN BAY

Terry Brennan

Arts & Education Manager

The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

(920) 544-4799

QUINCY

Keith Wiemelt

Education and Fine Arts Specialist

The Salvation Army Kroc Center

(217) 231-5641

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