The Sunoco Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the gasoline retailer, has announced a $1 million pledge to the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in North Philadelphia.
In her will, Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, bequeathed $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to build dozens of community centers across the country modeled on the one she funded in San Diego. The Philadelphia center received a $72 million challenge grant to partially fund the construction and operation of the community center, with the organization raising an additional $30 million. With the Sunoco pledge, the organization has raised $20 million.
Additional funders of the Philadelphia Kroc Center, which is scheduled to open in 2010, include the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Phoebe W. Haas Trust, and local philanthropists John and Josephine Templeton, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, Robert and Joyce Byers, and Raymond and Joanne Welsh. The center will name its educational programming area the Sunoco Foundation Learning Center.
"The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be a tremendous asset to the residents of North Philadelphia and will provide a wonderful stimulus to the overall plans for revitalization," said Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter. "The services provided by the Salvation Army are incredibly important, providing much-needed support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community."