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Joan Kroc

The Legacy of Joan Kroc

Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, had a clear vision in mind: build state-of-the-art recreational and arts facilities in underserved communities throughout the nation to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to grow their natural gifts and talents. In 2003, Mrs. Kroc passed away, and entrusted to The Salvation Army the largest gift ever given to a private charity for the express purpose of building and endowing Kroc Centers.

A fulfillment of Joan Kroc’s vision, the Kroc Center in South Bend, is a $64.2 million investment in the community set on 12 acres near the downtown center of South Bend. The Center is comprised of five major components: a center of worship and performance venue, an aquatics center, fitness and recreation center, fine arts, music and education, and special event facilities.

“I want my gift to convey to the world my trust in The Salvation Army.”
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