Second Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO – The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on the South Side of Chicago will mark its Second Anniversary this weekend with a weekend full of activities.

The Kroc Center is already making a difference to residents of the surrounding communities, 8,000 of whom have joined the Kroc Center and more than 1,500 of whom visit the Kroc Center on an average weekend day to take advantage of the vast array of programs, services and state-of-the-art facilities available at the one-of-a-kind community center.

The Second Anniversary Celebration and Open House will be free and open to the public on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will showcase the wide variety of programs and services at the Kroc Center through sports demonstrations and clinics, music and dance performances by youth and adults in the Kroc Center Academy of the Arts programs, appearances by Kroc mascot R.J. Kroc and tours of the Kroc Center.

With 160,000-square-feet of facilities and the broadest range of recreational, arts and educational programs located under one roof anywhere in the city, the Kroc Center is transforming the lives of area young people, parents and seniors, with a particular focus on providing a safe haven from violence, enhancing educational and sports opportunities for youth and improving the health and wellness of people of all ages. Its unique blending of programs that span the generation gap has made the Kroc Center a popular destination for the entire family.

“We are so honored to continue to make a positive impact on this community and beyond, “said Major David Harvey, Administrator of The Salvation Army Kroc Center. “Seeing how the range of programming transforms the lives of children and teens who need a safe haven and enriching opportunities as well as the robust senior program helping older adults take full advantage of improving their health and wellness—is what The Kroc Center is all about. The Kroc Center has entirely fulfilled our vision and become a popular destination for the entire family.”