A pair of gifts totaling $4 million pushed the Salvation Army Kroc Center's fundraising drive past its goal and qualified the project for $67.8 million from the estate of McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc.
In 2006, The Salvation Army in Augusta gathered a coalition of partners to make application for and was awarded a Kroc Center. The approved proposal brought $33.9 million for construction and $33.9 million for an operational endowment, provided Augusta raised another $30 million for the endowment. The Salvation Army has earmarked sufficient funds from its operations budget in Augusta to reduce the new money required to be raised locally from $30 million to $20 million. Once the campaign ended with over $22 million raised for the operating endowment, The Salvation Army in Augusta received a $33.9 million community center with a permanent operations endowment of over $55 million.
The Salvation Army’s Kroc Corps Community Center contains over 100,000 square feet of programming space including a 77,000 sq ft complex located on a 17-acre site in the historic mill community of Harrisburg.
Construction on the Kroc Center began in 2010. The facility includes an aquatics center, classrooms, a 400-seat theater, a 270-seat banquet hall with a stage for a dinner theater, rehearsal areas and many other features.
Nestled along the Augusta Canal, the center campus is comprised of one main building designed to complement the nearby Sibley Mill and King Mill, and a 10,000 sq ft building that houses the First Stop Family Service Center. In addition, there is an expansive parking lot, several historic homes and a historic church renovated for programming on the campus.
Information courtesy Augusta Kroc Center