SOURCE: The Salvation Army

June 18, 2008 12:45 ET

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Community Partners Celebrate Dedication of The Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and Railton Place

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) -

WHAT:   Mayor Gavin Newsom will join community partners to celebrate the
        dedication of The Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community
        Center and Railton Place in the heart of San Francisco's
        Tenderloin. The day will involve a private luncheon recognizing
        donors, followed by a dedication, guided tours and a community
        carnival to finish the day's festivities.

        The San Francisco location is the first Kroc Community Center to
        break ground nationwide since 2004 when Joan Kroc donated
        approximately $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army, specifically
        for the development of community centers across the country similar
        to the landmark Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in
        San Diego built in 2002. The San Francisco center will offer
        recreational and educational components for youths and adults and
        will be open to the public at low cost. Some features include:
        a college regulation gymnasium, dance studio, fitness center,
        climbing wall, outdoor courtyard, a swimming pool and a Salvation
        Army worship center. There will also be a game room, computer lab
        and library.

        Railton Place is a separately funded 110-unit, transitional and
        permanent residence program for individuals who can not afford
        housing of their own. Of these units, 27 will be provided to youths
        between the ages of 18-24 who have "aged out" of the foster care
        system. Another 83 units will be available to chronically homeless
        adults and veterans.

WHEN:   FRIDAY, June 27, 2008
        Dedication - 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
        Guided tours - 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
        Carnival - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and Railton Place
        240 Turk Street, San Francisco
INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE WITH: Major Joe Posillico, Salvation Army, Divisional Commander, Golden State Division; Ernst Bauer, Director of Development, The Salvation Army; Major George Rocheleau, Kroc Center and Railton Place Administrator; Bert Decker, President, Bert Decker Communications, Chairman of Salvation Army's San Francisco Advisory Board; Mary Theroux, Vice President, The Independent Institute, San Francisco and National Salvation Army Board member

Contact Information

    Jennifer Byrd
    cell: 415.395.4508