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A NEW Place to Live

The New Salvation Army Kroc Center

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More than 320 invited guests attended a 9:30 am Dedication Ceremony which illuminated the dedication and generous gifts made by local donors. The ceremony was held in the 600-seat Mammel Assembly Hall. Special guests and dignitaries included Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, USA Olympian Maritza Correia, members of the Kroc family, donors, civic leaders and Salvation Army officers, including Territorial Leaders Commissioners Barry C. and E. Sue Swanson and Divisional Leaders Majors Paul D. and Renea L. Smith. Music was provided by local musician Chuck Penington, The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and members of the St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey High School Choir. A brunch held in the adjacent Fellowship Hall followed the ceremony.
 
Omaha’s Kroc Center is the seventh to open across the United States and the first center to open in The Salvation Army’s Central Territory. Other cities which have opened a Kroc Center include San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Ashland, OH and Salem, OR. The community center, in keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, will provide programs and service designed to encourage positive, life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors.

 

 “Now this piece of land radiates with the light of hope. You simply couldn’t dream any higher for something as good as this for fear that it would not become a reality.”

– Anita Rojas

“We are immensely proud of the way this building has turned out and anticipate it will be a wonderful catalyst of transformation for not only South Omaha but also the entire Omaha metro community,” said Divisional Commander Major Paul D. Smith.
 
This world class facility includes a 3-court gymnasium complex, aquatic center with zero-depth entry recreation pool, lazy stream, slide and a six-lane, 25-yard competition pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, education center, learning center, 600-seat assembly hall, 400-seat fellowship hall, chapel, outdoor festival plaza and stage, athletic fields and recreation areas as well as additional gathering spaces.
 
Open to the public November 16th, members and non-members can use the facility during regular business hours. Selected classes and programming will be offered throughout the months of November and December including sports and fitness classes and education and computer-related classes.
 
Plans for a Grand Opening celebration January 8-10, 2010 are currently underway. Invited guests include Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and his wife, Sally Ganem, as well as musical entertainment by the Rockford, Illinois Corps Band.
 
“The people in this community are going to be drawn to this place…..they’ve waited for it so long,” Rojas added. “They’re going to make it what it needs to be.” 

For more information about Omaha’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, please visit the Web site at www.omahakroc.org or call Molly Skold, Kroc Center Marketing Director at (402) 212-3644.

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