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1 <br /> The Salvation Army of St. Joseph County, Indiana <br /> 540 S. Carroll Street <br /> South Bend Indiana 46601 <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> For Immediate Release Contact: Patti Phillips <br /> March 13, 2007 574-289-1066 X211 <br /> Salvation Army says St. Joseph County Kroc Community Center is a `go' <br /> SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 13, 2007 The Salvation Army of St. Joseph County, Indiana, <br /> announced today that its application to construct a Ray& Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC) <br /> at the existing Alonzo Watson Park on Western Avenue and Chapin Street(just west of downtown South <br /> Bend) has been approved by the Army's Territorial Headquarters.. <br /> Word of approval was delivered by Major James Nauta, Divisional Commander of The Salvation <br /> Army of Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, to the St. Joseph County Salvation Army, giving the <br /> local office the green light to continue plans to build a Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center <br /> (RJKCCC) in St. Joseph County. <br /> Forty million dollars in Kroc funds are now reserved for the St. Joseph County project <br /> $20 million for construction and $20 million toward the required operating endowment. Before <br /> construction begins, the local Salvation Army must raise an additional $10 million toward the required <br /> operating endowment. <br /> According to Major Nauta, approval was especially meaningful in light of several challenges <br /> encountered as the application was being developed. <br /> "We are absolutely delighted to have received word of approval for the SJC Ray& Joan Kroc <br /> Corps Community Center," said Nauta. "The area in and around the proposed Kroc site at Alonzo Watson <br /> Park, with such a diverse population, has been underserved. We see great potential in the thousands of <br /> children, youth and families in St. Joseph County who will be uplifted and challenged by the spiritual, <br /> recreational and educational programs made available to them." <br /> Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, Honorary Chairman of the Kroc Endowment Campaign is <br /> enthusiastic about the impact this center will have specifically on the west side of South Bend. "I am <br /> delighted that The Salvation Army Kroc Center has received this wonderful gift which will enable so <br /> much good work to be done for our community." <br /> —More — <br />