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o�sou TH <br /> F dx <br /> :J b <br /> W eFacE � � <br /> y� a 1, a2 <br /> 1865 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> March 13, 2007 <br /> 10 a.m. <br /> Contact: Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications&Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> $40 million Kroc center will shine as `a beacon of hope' <br /> Mayor Stephen J. Luecke says South Bend is "up to the challenge" and the opportunity <br /> resulting from a$40 million grant to the Salvation Army that will create the Ray and Joan <br /> Kroc Corps Community Center in South Bend. <br /> Luecke gathered today(Tuesday, March 13, 2007)with Salvation Army officials and <br /> other community leaders in announcing the receipt of the grant at Alonzo Watson Park, <br /> on the southeast corner of Chapin Street and Western Avenue, site of the future facility. <br /> The facility is expected to include a 10,000-square-foot aquatics center/water park, a gym <br /> and climbing wall, a recording studio, a chapel and a greenhouse. <br /> "We cherish the life and promise of each child. This facility will be a great blessing for <br /> our community and provide the opportunity for all our children to reach their full <br /> potential," Luecke said. "This will be a place where families are strengthened, where <br /> creativity flourishes, and where dreams are nurtured." <br /> South Bend was one of only 10 Midwestern cities to pre-qualify for the grant in <br /> December 2004, including being the only city in Indiana The amount awarded is $5 <br /> million more than originally allocated. Half the project costs are for construction with the <br /> remainder supporting an operational endowment. <br /> For full details about the facility and today's announcement, visit the St. Joseph County <br /> Salvation Army web site at <br /> But one last step remains before the dream becomes a reality. The community must raise <br /> $10 million—its matching share of the endowment -- to support the center's ongoing <br /> operation. Just as the amount of the grant increased, the challenge is $1.25 million more <br />