Come and Get a Sneak Peek at All the Kroc Center Has to Offer
WHAT: The Salvation Army will hold a special preview tour for the media on Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, of the brand new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, a community center of unprecedented size and scope that represents the largest single investment by a social service organization in Chicago’s history. The much anticipated Kroc Center is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, June 16, with a whole weekend of Grand Opening events and festivities continuing through Sunday, June 17.
The media preview tour will provide an opportunity to be among the first to see the newly completed 160,000-square-foot facility and talk with Kroc Center program directors, the architect and key community partners and supporters who helped make the project possible.
The 33-acre campus includes indoor and outdoor sports stadiums and playing fields, an aquatics center, a golf training academy, a performing arts center, a fitness center and much more. The Kroc Center will offer the largest array of educational, sports, arts and supportive programs anywhere in the city under one roof. The Kroc Center promises to be a major catalyst of growth for the community, creating jobs and providing a safe haven for youth sorely in need of the recreational, creative and educational alternatives to gangs and violence. More than 2,500 people are expected to use the Kroc Center daily.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
10 a.m. to noon
WHERE: 1250 West 119th Street
From downtown: take Dan Ryan to I-57 South. Exit at 119th Street; head east approx. ½ mile.
Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army
Majors David and Darlene Harvey, Kroc Center Administrators
Judy Keller and Paul Rigby, Co-Chairs, Give Hope Campaign
Joseph Antunovich, President, Antunovich Associates
Dr. Mable Alfred, Principal, Higgins Community Academy
BACKGROUND: Upon her death in 2003, Joan Kroc passed on to The Salvation Army the largest gift ever made to a private charity for the specific purpose of constructing state-of-the-art facilities in underserved areas around the country, facilities that would offer a completely new approach to the concept of community centers. For additional details, renderings and program descriptions, visit www.chicagokroccenter.org.
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