THE KROC CENTERS STARTED WITH ONE WOMAN’S DREAM:
Meet Joan Kroc, Philanthropist & Kroc Center Benefactor
Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.
Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.
Visit www.kroccenter.org for more information about each of these Kroc Centers.
Visit www.krocsouth.org for more information about each of the Kroc Centers in the Southern Territory.