February 6, 2004 |
Anyone who still doubts that women should rule the world need only consider the late Joan Kroc. Her estate just gave $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army, the largest donation ever to a single charity. It's not that male tycoons don't give lots of money, and with open hearts. The charitable foundation created by Microsoft's Bill Gates, for example, has pledged or donated away an astounding $23 billion. But Kroc, Brooke Astor, and other ladies who have inherited big piles from the men in their lives seem to have their own special style of giving it away.
October 2, 2008 |
For decades, the residents of Camden's Cramer Hill section have seen an overgrown tract of land along Harrison Avenue. The riverfront property was where the city dumped municipal waste from 1952 to 1971. But yesterday, neighbors and officials got a look at the future when the same 24 acres become home to the $36 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, scheduled to open in 2010. In a rendering, unveiled in a sports field across the street, the site's tangled brush and trees were replaced by the Salvation Army-run facility, which will provide recreational, health, educational, cultural, family and spiritual programming.
February 10, 2006 |
When Joan Kroc died in 2003, the McDonald's heiress left $1.6 billion to the Salvation Army. Yesterday, $57 million was earmarked to build and operate a community center in Camden. With $77 million for a previously announced center in Philadelphia, that's $134 million for the region. Philadelphia and Camden were among 30 Eastern cities seeking funding to build community centers in honor of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc and his wife. Six other cities have also been awarded grants.
October 16, 2010
The Salvation Army will celebrate a milestone today as it cuts a ceremonial ribbon to open its $72 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in one of the most blighted areas of North Philadelphia. It's a coup not only for residents of the Nicetown community, but also for all the partners who helped raise $30 million in local matching funds to bring the ambitious project to fruition. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald's restaurant founder Ray Kroc, gave the Salvation Army $1.5 billion to build similar centers around the country.
December 27, 2014 |
After almost three months of delays, the water park at Camden's Kroc Center is expected to be fully operational Friday, in time for local kids' winter school vacations. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, a $90 million building on Harrison Avenue that is run by the Salvation Army, opened in early October with much fanfare after nine years of planning. But until this week, bureaucratic holdups had prevented the center from using the 11,000-square-foot indoor water park's splash buckets, fountains, water slide, and other features.
October 4, 2014 |
Maj. Paul Cain led the group of chatty Camden dignitaries and journalists into the immense, 8,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, complete with a lime-green waterslide rising out of a clear pool toward a 60-foot-high vaulted glass ceiling. For a moment, the talking ceased as awestruck visitors raised their phones to snap photos of Camden's newest neighbor. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, a 120,000-square-foot community center nine years in the making, officially opens Saturday on Harrison Avenue with a celebratory festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. There is no residency requirement to join, and memberships start at $25 a month for a family of four or $15 a month for a single.
May 24, 2010
Nicetown has indeed faced its share of challenges ("What killing says about Nicetown," May 17). It is precisely the type of neighborhood Joan Kroc envisioned could be turned around with the presence of a community center offering academic, vocational, recreational, and social opportunities. That is one of the reasons Nicetown was awarded the building of a Salvation Army Kroc Center in 2006, the only center to be constructed in Pennsylvania. The 130,000-square-foot center will serve 1,000 people a day when it opens in mid-October.
August 27, 2010 |
In little more than a month, it will be possible to swim in an indoor water park, learn to dance, whip up a torte, earn a GED, work on six-pack abs, or picnic with a couple hundred friends - all in one of the most blighted industrial areas in the city. The $72 million Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, set to open Oct. 16, is unmatched in scale by any other Salvation Army facility on the East Coast. At 130,000 square feet, the center sits on a 12.4-acre brownfield tract that was the home of the Budd Co., the proposed site for a casino, and, most recently, a city auto impound lot. By Thursday, construction crews had only finishing touches to add to the structure, in the 4200 block of Wissahickon Avenue in Philadelphia's Nicetown section.
September 19, 1986 |
San Diego Padres reliever Rich "Goose" Gossage, who was suspended Aug. 29 for criticizing the team and its owner, was reinstated yesterday after agreeing to a $25,000 loss in pay. The team announced that Gossage and the Major League Players Association had withdrawn a grievance filed against the club that was scheduled to be heard today. Padres president Ballard Smith suspended Gossage, citing a major-league rule that allows clubs to take disciplinary action against a player for repeated and continuing insubordination and similar behavior not in the best interest of the team.
June 20, 2009 |
The Salvation Army may be having trouble completing the funding for its ambitious Kroc community centers elsewhere, but here in Philadelphia, things are moving along just fine. After a seven-month lull, fund-raising is picking up, construction is under way, and an October 2010 grand opening is set for the $129.5 million project being built in Nicetown. Funded largely by a bequest from McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc, the Philadelphia center has had its own struggle with fund-raising - but the donations this spring have enabled work to proceed, according to Salvation Army officials.