Kroc Center produces membership packages

Artists rendering of completed Kroc Center in Augusta's Harrisburg community.
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The Salvation Army's Augusta Kroc Center will offer its inaugural memberships to the public beginning April 11.

The Kroc Center's scheduled opening date is Aug. 7. Members will enjoy all the amenities, along with priority access and special pricing to programs and events. Gold Card members will pay additional fees each month to help support the Kroc's scholarship program and will be entitled to a 10 percent discount on all goods, services, and programs.

Categories of memberships, and their prices, will include:

- Youths 17 and under: $15 a month or $162 a year; or $20 a month or $216 a year for the Gold Card package.

- Adults 18-61: $30 a month or $324 a year; or $45 a month and $486 a year for Gold Card package.

- Family (up to six people): $50 a month or $540 a year; or $65 a month or $702 a year for Gold Card package.

- Senior individual 62 and older: $25 a month or $270 a year; or $31 a month or $334 a year for Gold Card package.

- Senior family (62 and older): $35 a month or $378 a year; or $48 a month or $518 a year for Gold Card package.

Memberships may be purchased at KrocAugusta.org or in person at 113 Eve St.

As part of the lead-up to membership sales, the Kroc Center has teamed up with area media to offer a membership giveaway that will run from today until April 8. Television station WAGT (Channel 26), radio station WKXC-FM (99.5) and The Augusta Chronicle will give away six full-year memberships to the Kroc Center.

To enter the giveaway drawing, visit KrocAugusta.org beginning today and click "Win a Free Membership." WAGT will announce 2 winners March 11; WKXC will announce one winner March 18 and one winner April 8; and The Chronicle will announce one winner March 25 and one winner April 1. Each free membership is valued at $324, the price for a standard annual membership.

All memberships, excluding youth individuals, require a $60 nonrefundable registration fee. The registration fee is waived for members who sign up before Aug. 6.

Day passes and three-month memberships will also be available for those who do not want a long-term commitment. Day passes will be $5 and will allow entry into the facility; access to the aquatics center, fitness classes and equipment; and participation in open activity times.

The rates for three-month memberships can be found at www.krocaugusta.org/membership-rates/.

Corporate membership rates are also available. Businesses receive discounted memberships for their staffers, along with special rental pricing.

Information on income-based memberships and scholarships will be forthcoming.

For more information about Kroc Center membership, contact the membership and events sales manager, Katie Duncan, at (706) 364-4491 or visit www.krocaugusta.org.

Reach Rob Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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Cadence
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Cadence 03/08/11 - 05:28 am
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So you have to pay to go

So you have to pay to go there?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/08/11 - 05:56 am
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Well, yeah you gotta pay.

Well, yeah you gotta pay. The money goes toward upkeep, utilities, materials, and payroll.

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 03/08/11 - 08:14 am
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You have to pay if you have a

You have to pay if you have a job and do all the right things. The welfare crowd will get reduced rates, or no fee at all.

derekdugan
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derekdugan 03/08/11 - 09:22 am
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To clarify, the Kroc Center

To clarify, the Kroc Center is a membership based facility with very reasonable fees and is also required by the Kroc Trustees to be the state of the art facility in our community. Anyone receiving scholarships to the Kroc Center will be required to follow an educational curriculum such as financial education, job skills training, etc in order to maintain the scholarship. If classes are not attended, the scholarship will be revoked. It is the classic "hand up, not a hand out" philosophy at work.

Cadence
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Cadence 03/08/11 - 11:20 am
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What if you have a job and

What if you have a job and are drug free but can't afford the money to join? How would I apply for a scholarship? Also, is this still a social services one stop or rather a YMCA type of place? Is it for profit or non profit? Does it receive any federal or state funds? Is there security on site? How is it different from the Aquatic Center we have or the Maxwell and Bell performing art centers? In other words, what does it offer that Augusta doesn't already have? Can you explain "is required by the trustees to be the state of the art facility..." How is that accomplished? Thanks for any clarification you can offer.

derekdugan
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derekdugan 03/08/11 - 02:29 pm
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I encourage everyone to

I encourage everyone to review krocaugusta.org - anyone, feel free to contact me directly through the website with any questions!

stairway2nowhere
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stairway2nowhere 03/08/11 - 02:31 pm
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bahahaha oh so its not

bahahaha oh so its not free....bad crime ridden location...this place is gonna be just like the boys club a disaster.....and because its not free good luck keeping that place running

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Lori Davis 03/08/11 - 03:23 pm
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Cadence, Great questions! I

Cadence, Great questions! I agree with Derek. Go to krocaugusta.org and all of your questions will be answered. This is an incredible facility made possible by the Ray and Joan Kroc foundation. They were the founders of McDonald's, and left quite a bit of money to make these Kroc Centers possible. Joan Kroc made it very clear how the Kroc Centers would operate. It is a fascinating story and we are lucky to have one in Augusta. The Harrisburg site was chosen because it had to be where rich meets poor. There is no federal or state funding. Local Philanthropists saw to it that Augusta raise their portion of the funds. Other cities in the United States have been awarded Kroc Centers but have not been able to raise their portion of the funding necessary to move forward. Long Beach in California is one such place. Imagine that. we are truly blessed to have this in our midst and owe a lot to an Augustan named Boone Knox. Mr. Knox died recently but before he did, he made sure that Augusta reached it's full potential by personally chairing the committee to raise the funding. Kroc is now a reality!

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 03/08/11 - 04:43 pm
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JustMy and Stairway,the Kroc

JustMy and Stairway,the Kroc Center has an annual yearly endowment of nearly 60 million dollars, so the fees don't go towards upkeep. My guess is Joan Kroc was trying to reinforce the maxim that "nothing is entirely free" nor should it be. From the tour of the place I took last Dec. it is well worth the price of the membership. Also as far as the "crime ridden location", it sits in this city precisely where they sit in other cities and none of those have failed. Come on people, can't we have a little bit of positivity here every now and then?Sheesh!

Emerydan
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Emerydan 03/08/11 - 05:01 pm
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The Kroc is most certainly a

The Kroc is most certainly a positive thing for Augusta and especially the Harrisburg area. I mean how many communities get this kind of huge gift? It will create an attractive focal point for the neighborhood. Now will it be the transformative magic bullet to cure all of the woes of Harrisburg and inner-city Augusta? Probably not, but atleast it is a start.. and like a make-over and new wardrobe can give someone a new attitude and a spring in their step, perhaps this can have the same effect on Harrisburg.

aureliusdios
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aureliusdios 03/08/11 - 06:36 pm
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The KROC Center is another

The KROC Center is another Wal-Mart on steriods! It will try to put every other facility in the downtown area out of business.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 03/08/11 - 07:01 pm
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Needs full time security

Needs full time security (outside and inside) and good lighting. Best to wait and see.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 03/08/11 - 11:25 pm
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Where rich meet poor? Only

Where rich meet poor? Only those with disposible income can pony up several hundred dollars for leisure activities. I guess they will meet the other side as they pass them on the street going to the center. That neighborhood wont be on the membership rolls, and their young folks need something more than the street for a life. I was of the impression that the Salvation Army was a charitable organization. Might I suggest the Augusta Rescue Mission as a deserving institution. No cover charge for those needing guidance.

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Riverman1 03/09/11 - 08:43 am
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It's my understanding that

It's my understanding that those without means will be actively recruited with membership fees waived and enrollment procedures expedited for the downtrodden. The showers and warm libraries will be put to good use.

aureliusdios
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aureliusdios 03/09/11 - 01:26 pm
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The rich really don't want to

The rich really don't want to meet the poor!

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