The Seattle Post Intelligencer (known locally as the “PI”) went digital last week: no more print edition. The PI put out its first paper in 1863, two years before William and Catherine Booth founded The Salvation Army!
As a Public Relations professional, I collect and tell stories. That really is a good description of what I do for a living. The demise of a newspaper – any newspaper – is troubling for us PR folks. It’s the loss of a resource for our stories.
The Seattle PI, however, is still putting out a paper online. And, they did a lovely piece yesterday on two beautiful new community centers opening soon in Washington and Western Idaho.
One of those centers is The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Funded in part by the most generous charitable gift in history, the Kroc Center is named for Ray and Joan Kroc, the founder of McDonalds.
Located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho our newest Kroc Center will house the first public pool in town and so much more! The center will have lots of fitness and recreational facilities, a performing arts theater, church, recording studio, computer lab, Wii consoles, fireplace, art space and even an area that can be reserved for private events.
Joan Kroc’s vision was that The Salvation Army would open world class centers of opportunity in communities across the US. She wanted them to be “miniature peace centers;” places where children can learn about each other.
We’re excited to open another center that will provide opportunity and nurture dreams. And, we thank Joan and Ray Kroc for their trust in The Salvation Army and love their gift represents.