Salvation Army notes success in Kroc Center fund-raising efforts

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Artist renderings of the Salvation Army's planned Kroc Center show aquatics, basketball, performing arts and other facilities housed in an 85,000-square-foot complex.

The Salvation Army's 85,000-square-foot Kroc Center complex in Augusta's Harrisburg community is well on its way to becoming a reality, according to organizers of the $97.8 million project.

"Today, for us, is like a dream come true," Kroc Administrator Todd Mason told more than 100 supporters who gathered at the Chafee Park site this morning to hear an encouraging -- and detailed -- report that included the site's final design and the progress of fundraising.

The 17-acre center is the legacy of a gift by McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc to The Salvation Army upon her death in 2003. Her $1.7 billion gift was designated to build "Kroc Corps Community Centers" in many cities across the nation, including Augusta.

The Kroc estate is providing $33.9 million for land acquisition and construction costs, plus an additional $33.9 million for a permanent operating endowment, for a total gift of $67.8 million, said Jim Hull, the fundraising campaign's nucleus division chair.

"That is an ongoing, permanent endowment," he said. "The raising of $20 million locally triggers the release of those matching funds."

The Salvation Army announced gifts today totaling $10,476,273, which included a $3 million pledge from the Masters Tournament, $1 million from the Community Foundation of the CSRA and almost $6.5 million in additional pledges, including gifts from Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light, Husqvarna and the Cherry, Bekaert & Holland accounting firm.

A new design and floorplan unveiled today include a mammoth aquatics center with 9,000 square feet of pools and an unusual water slide tower outside the main building. There are also classrooms, a 400-seat theater, a 270-seat banquet hall, rehearsal areas and many other features.

One of the project's signature features, which is being used as a model for future Kroc Centers in other cities, will be a "First Stop Center" in a separate building from the main complex.

"It will be an assessment center to help steer families to programs that can help them," said Derek Dugan, the center's coordinator. The building will have 16 offices that could house 20 or more organizations.

"With all of these organizations working under one roof, it can maximize efficienty and eliminate duplication," he said. The concept can also reduce waste and abuse.

Mr. Dugan also noted that the Salvation Army's homeless and rehabilitation programs are not part of the new Kroc Center, and will remain at its current site on Greene Street.

The site for the project includes the Chafee Park area along the Augusta Canal and numerous private tracts that have been acquired by the Salvation Army since December. In all, at least 20 parcels have been purchased, involving more than $1.4 million.

"What you see outside today, and what will be, are two very different things," Mr. Dugan said.

The latest design for the center includes a primary structure of old red brick that will blend with the existing structures -- including the historic King and Sibley textile mills. The design also includes walkways, parks, landscaping and about seven acres of undeveloped, flat terrain along the canal.

Once the center is opened, there will be full-time security staff on the premises.

Other amenities included in the final design are: fitness center and gym, aerobic and weight training areas, senior lounge, computer lab, classrooms for adult education, art and dance classrooms, music rehearsal and teaching areas, a teaching kitchen for job training purposes, outdoor terrace overlooking the canal, waterslide and splash park.

The Salvation Army is also working to relocate and renovate historic homes on the site. Mr. Dugan said seven houses are being moved to the vicinity of the First Stop Center to be reincarnated as offices; six other houses along Eve Street are also being moved.

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AUGUSTA'S SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER

Vital Statistics:

Total investment (including permanent operating endowment): $97.8 million

Location: Chafee Park area of Harrisburg, with more than 17 acres.

Employment: approximately 102, including full and part-time

Project size: approximately 85,000 square feet in multiple buildings.

Aquatics center: 9,000 square feet with external slide tower.

"First Stop" center: offices for more than 20 family service groups.

Arts/Education/Worship Center: 400-seat theater, 270-seat banquet hall.

Greenspace: about seven acres of Chafee Park along Augusta Canal

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Augusta's Kroc Center financial details:

- The Ray & Joan Kroc estate is providing $33.9 million for land acquisition and construction costs, plus an additional $33.9 million for a permanent operating endowment, for a total gift of $67.8 million.

- To qualify for that gift, Augusta's project must raise $30 million locally, which includes a $10 million credit given by the foundation to the local Salvation Army for its existing programs and facilities.

- Thus, the amount needed to complete the campaign is $20 million, and with $10.4 million in pledges announced Monday, the amount needed to meet the goal is $9.6 million.

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Pledges announced Monday:

Private donations (including Husqvarna): $6,236,473

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, $50,000

Atlanta Gas Light, $50,000

Georgia Power Foundation, $150,000

Community Foundation of the CSRA. $1 million

Masters Tournament, $3 million

TOTAL: $10,476,273

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Fundraising campaign leadership:

Boone A. Knox, chairman

James M. Hull, nucleus division chair

C.G. "Pete" Caye Jr., leadership division chair

Brent A. Smith, major division chair

Wyck A. Knox, Jr., foundation/corporation chair

Rick L. Evans, treasurer

Lana J. Rahn, leadership awareness chair

J. Robert Richards Sr., advisory board campaign chair

Other members: Phil Alexander, Dickey Boardman, Tom Blanchard III, Bennett P.R. Bowers, Ron Cross, Mrs. Greg Bowles, Bo Bovard, Clayton Boardman III, Walter Dukes, Terry Elam, Nick W. Evans Jr., Richard Fairey, Brandon Candler Henderson, Penny F. Hudson, William B. Kuhlke Jr., E.G. Meybohm, Robert C. Osbourne Jr., H.M. Osteen Jr., Travers W. Paine III, Patrick Rice, Norman Schaffer, Chuck Smith, Ashley Hock Smith, Maj. Gen. Perry M. Smith, George N. Snelling, Dennis Sodomka, Jeff Spears.

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Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 05/11/09 - 10:37 am
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Wonderful! Wonderful!

Wonderful! Wonderful!

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 05/11/09 - 01:51 pm
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What will happen to the

What will happen to the public housing projects in that area?

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/11/09 - 02:13 pm
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Hey - Kroc Center Coordinator

Hey - Kroc Center Coordinator here. Ask some questions and I'll be here to answer. Regarding the public housing projects, they are several blocks away. Our location is between the Boys and Girls Club and the canal. There are some privately owned apartments next to the site as well and we will be working with the owner to promote a good neighborhood.

momof2
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momof2 05/11/09 - 02:13 pm
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Who will be able to use the

Who will be able to use the center, particular the pools and gym?

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/11/09 - 02:16 pm
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anyone can use the facility.

anyone can use the facility. It will have annual memberships or single use fees. There are also scholarships available for memberships based on a sliding scale. Full scholarships are available on the condition that education requirements be fulfilled for the parents (financial education, life and job skills classes).

carlyle
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carlyle 05/11/09 - 02:34 pm
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Wonderful presentation this

Wonderful presentation this morning? Those of us in Harrisburg are extremely excited!! Harrisburg is going to be the place to be. Just look at the list of Augustans who are behind this project. So many are businessmen who know a good thing when they see it. GO KROC!!!!! We are pleasantly surprised to hear of the gift from Augusta National, another great name to have in our corner.

carlyle
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carlyle 05/11/09 - 02:36 pm
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Sorry....Wonderful

Sorry....Wonderful presentation this morning!!!!!

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 05/11/09 - 02:55 pm
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Thanks for evading the public

Thanks for evading the public housing projects question. I know where they are. But your responce gives me the info I wanted.

sgtdette41
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sgtdette41 05/11/09 - 06:20 pm
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Is the First Stop where

Is the First Stop where clients will go first when they need help?

Tots
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Tots 05/11/09 - 06:53 pm
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This is wonderful.Now we dont

This is wonderful.Now we dont need the splost to pass.Lets see how this turns out,

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/11/09 - 07:00 pm
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A non-government solution to

A non-government solution to a problem!?!? HOW?!?

triscuit
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triscuit 05/11/09 - 07:03 pm
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I am pretty sure none of the

I am pretty sure none of the Kroc stuff is tied into SPLOST, which is good since then the commissioners can't ruin it. This will be run by the Salvation Army and if I read correctly, it will have an endowment to cover all operating costs...again not letting our sorry government get their hands on it.

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/11/09 - 07:36 pm
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Hey - sorry for the delay

Hey - sorry for the delay getting back. I want to clarify there is no SPLOST money tied to this project. The Salvation Army is very careful to maintain its ownership of its projects and stays privately funded for a strong majority of its programming. I will say, also, that the Kroc Center does not address all the needs of the community addressed in SPLOST. I can think of two very important projects in SPOLST - the renovation of the neighboring Boys and Girls Clubs (which is working closely with our project to not duplicate our efforts) and the renovation of the Miller Theater, which addresses the need for a large performing venue for the Augusta Symphony.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/11/09 - 07:44 pm
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Yes, sending tax money to a

Yes, sending tax money to a private organization and a charity through government force in a recession sounds like a grand idea!

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/11/09 - 07:50 pm
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Regarding the First Stop,

Regarding the First Stop, that is a center of services (VA, EOA, Goodwill) where someone can come and receive aid from agencies in one location. There are obvious benefits from two areas. First, it allows the person who needs assistance get get help in one location at one trip. Second, it eliminates the abuse of the system. Since all agencies will share basic file information, it stops someone from "double dipping" and abusing the system. Thus, it maximizes donor dollars all over the community and helps the most people possible.

Tots
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Tots 05/11/09 - 07:57 pm
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I know it's not tied into the

I know it's not tied into the Splost.Thats why it's so great.Also why it will probably work.I agree to renovation of the Miller Theater.But I'm still saying NO to the Splost.Maybe they should try to get private funding first.Then see if the tax payer will match what they raise.If people care so much about this they could raise the money.If not that would show the comissioners that we the tax payers dont wont to pay for this.Show us the money up front first.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 05/11/09 - 09:09 pm
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I wonder who will get the

I wonder who will get the contract to build this project. with the likes of Hull on the board.. Ching Ching $$$$$$$$$$

derekdugan
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derekdugan 05/11/09 - 09:42 pm
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FedupwithAUG - The Salvation

FedupwithAUG - The Salvation Army and its campaign committee has accepted bids from no one is involved with the project. People like Jim Hull and others associated with the project have voluntarily removed themselves from consideration (for the record, Jim Hull does not do that kind of construction). Believe it or not, this is a special project for Augusta: No public money and no compromised deals!

georgialawyer
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georgialawyer 05/12/09 - 12:04 am
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To top that off, someone has

To top that off, someone has posted on the Augusta Chronicle web blogs that the District Attorney Ashley Smith is living or has lived with an officer from this department; is that true, if so who is thie officer? And the guy over internal affairs wife works for the District Attorney . Real Mom & Pop right.

georgialawyer
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georgialawyer 05/12/09 - 12:17 am
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The car that films the whole

The car that films the whole shooting with the best angle is the one that comes speeding down the side walk with its lights flashing. So we know it was recording, and it goes back 30 or 50 seconds from the time lights are turned on from what I read. This car also tapes what happened after the car stops as it is right behind it. I hate the fact that they think we are so stupid. Do you really trust that tape that they threw at us. They did the best they could. Did YOU SEE ANY EVIDENCE THAT ASHLEY SMITH PRESENTED AGAINST THE OFFICERS IN GRAND JURY

blues550
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blues550 05/12/09 - 06:58 am
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This will be a major boost
Unpublished

This will be a major boost for the Harrisburg area and hopefully will stimulate development along the canal. So much of Augusta's history is tied to the canal this can only be a good thing for the CSRA.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 05/12/09 - 08:37 am
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Why is it that every time

Why is it that every time there is something that requires a FEE there are "scholarships" available to the so called less fortunate? How are you less fortunate if your getting - food stamps, welfare checks, free medical care, WIC, pell grants, and a whole bunch of other "helpful" aids? Basically the people that work in the middle sector are always the ones having to pay the fees so that others can come enjoy the same benefits for free.
I am middle class and can not qualify for even WIC because I supposedly make too much money. Stuff like this irritates me because it seems to me that the middle class is supporting all of the so called less fortunate. Why charge any fee at all? Or is it that the fees will supplement the "scholarships" for those that supposedly don't have the money yet doesn't seem to have any problem buying $100 shoes or getting their nails done every week?

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