Salvation Army of St. Joseph County reaches fundraising goal for Kroc Center

By: Paul Murphy Email
By: Paul Murphy Email

On Friday, the Salvation Army of St. Joseph County announced at the South Bend Silver Hawks game at Coveleski Stadium that they had reached their $10 million fundraising goal for the South Bend Kroc Center.

Although crews have already been at work building the huge community center, they now have full funding to complete the center.

"It was an extraordinary fundraising goal," said Mayor Steve Luecke. "So proud of this community, the way people have stepped up. It really shows that we're an All-American City."

They group raised enough money to receive another $52 million from the wife of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's.

Officials believe that this is a great sign for the community.

"What a relief because people were saying it couldn't be done," said Robert Beutter, campaign chair. "It's a tribute to our community."

The facility will offer fitness, education and other programs and is scheduled to open in January.

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