"We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in their future."—Joan Kroc, 1998
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.
Located on 15 acres of land in Kapolei, the 200,000 square-foot Kroc Center is the largest community center of its kind in Hawaii. It is a place where people young and old have opportunities to learn and grow, to build confidence and hope.
The Kroc Center includes the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Education & Resource Center with conference and banquet rooms for 720 guests; the Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Early Education Center for 120 preschool students; the 500-seat Jack & Marie Lord Worship & Performing Arts Center; the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Center with an NCAA-regulation gymnasium; the First Hawaiian Hale 40-bed dormitory for traveling teams and overnight conferences; a state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center with workout equipment and facilities for individual and group fitness; an Aquatics Center featuring a competition pool and a recreation pool with giant water slides; and a 3-acre multipurpose field for outdoor programs.
Development of the Kroc Center was made possible by a $110 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to The Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. As a condition to the significant Kroc grant, the community also raised nearly $23 million locally, bringing the project to $133 million.
Construction of Kroc Center Hawaii began on April 15, 2010 and opened February 2012.
KROC CENTER HAWAII PURPOSE:
Save Souls, Grow Saints, Serve Suffering Humanity
KROC CENTER HAWAII VISION:
Kroc Center Hawaii is a community center where families, individuals and relationships thrive–all in the name of Jesus.
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