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Kroc Center Celebrates 10 Years
10th Anniversary of Joan and Ray Kroc's gift to our community.

(Left to Right) Dick Withnell,
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett
Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski,
Gerry Frank, and
Former Salem Mayor Janet Taylor

    Former Salem Mayor Janet Taylor, former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, Dick Withnell and Gerry Frank joined hundreds of Kroc Center fans to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Joan and Ray Kroc's gift to our community.
    Janet Taylor remembers the day so well in 2004 when the call came in. "The Joan Kroc foundation called the Mayor's office to see if we were interested in positioning for our own Kroc Center. Well I was elated and said yes we certainly are" The catch was - Salem folks had to raise $8,000,000.
    "We were so excited and went right to work." Between the effort of so many people we raised more that enough to win the project." Janet was quick to thank Dick Withnell for his amazing ability to organize the fund raising efforts. Gerry Frank put the muscle on his friends and that was it.. and yes that cool million from Mr. Frank's pocket for help with that fabulous swimming pool.
    Janet Taylor was the driving force that commanded the business community to propel forward. She brought the city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in the their future. That was Joan Kroc's goal in 1998. Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children's social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential.
    She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community. Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.
    Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children's social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.
    The Kroc Center vision is to build a community where everyone is given the opportunity to live a better life.
    You can get involved with the Kroc Center today. When you make a gift-money, time, or energy-to The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, you become a part of the largest project ever undertaken by The Salvation Army. Your gift becomes grounded in the reputation, trust and credibility of The Salvation Army-which is well known for its continuing efforts of providing relief to those in need.
    Every life deserves to shine. No one in need is turned away from the life-changing opportunities at The Salvation Army Kroc Center through the Kroc Scholarship Program. With an average of 1,500 individuals on scholarship, this is by far The Kroc Center's largest outreach and single greatest need for community support."
   


Family-Friendly Halloween Concert
Willamette University Music Department Presents "Hauntcert"

Offenbach's
Orpheus in the Underworld
and more

    The Willamette University Department of Music presents Hauntcert , a Halloweenthemed family-friendly concert featuring the University Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble on Tuesday, October 29 th at 7:00 p.m. in Hudson Hall.
    The orchestra will be in costume, as conductor Hector Aguero leads the performance of Halloween favorites from popular music, the classics, and film scores. Included on the program are music from the films Ponyo and Fantasia 2000, along with concert favorites such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 , Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, and many more.
    The concert starts at 7 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to wear their costumes. Sweets will be provided at the end of the concert, so bring your trickor- treat bag.
    Hector Aguero, conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, said audiences can expect a family-friendly, spook-tacular concert of fun music.
    Tickets cost $10 for Adults; $5 for Students and can be purchased online at the Music Marketplace Store: www.willamette.edu/go/ musicstore , or at the door the afternoon of the concert.
   



Salem Convention Center
Earns Two Industry Awards

(Left) Theresa Greco,
Salem Convention Center's
Director of Catering,
accepted the SilverPlatter
award on behalf of the
Convention Center.
Presenting the award are
Kelly Hoelscher, CMP,
Portland Marriott City Center
and Royce Mason, Royce's Prop Shop.

    The Oregon chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has honored Salem Convention Center with two awards--the Silver Platter Award for 2018- 2019 and Supplier of the Year to Director of Sales and Marketing, Kara Campuzano.
    The prestigious Silver Platter award is given to the meeting facility where a monthly program scored the highest on detailed post-event evaluations covering specific areas. Assessment of catering service, presentation, menu selection, food quality, decor creativity, program enhancement, and entertainment make up the rigorous criteria scored to choose the winner of the Silver Platter.
    In addition, Kara Campuzano, Director of Sales and Marketing for Salem Convention Center, was chosen by her peers as Supplier of the Year in recognition of her outstanding association contributions, industry leadership and professionalism.
    Since 1983, MPI Oregon has helped meeting planners and suppliers in the Pacific Northwest become more successful by building connections and sharing industry knowledge. The chapter includes more than 200 members.
    The awards were presented in June at the MPI Oregon Annual Awards Gala held at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde, Oregon.
    Campuzano commented, "I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized. I know it takes an exceptional team to deliver the level of service required to earn the Silver Platter.
    The Salem Convention Center staff keep our clients happy and make my job easier. I couldn't have earned this award without their support!"
    Salem Convention Center combines a convenient central Oregon location, arresting architecture and a significant collection of museum-quality art, plus outstanding catering and over-the-top customer service. The building has earned the LEED-EB Silver Certification, making it one of only two buildings in Salem with the designation. The adjoining 193-room Grand Hotel and Bentley's Grill restaurant make up the rest of the city block, providing lodging, food and free parking under the same roof as the convention center.
    "The outstanding staff, superior customer service, and excellent food are a huge part of our ongoing success," says Chrissie Bertsch, SCC general manager. "We have dozens of repeat customers, and one group has booked its annual conference for five years."
    With 14 flexible meeting rooms on two floors, Salem Convention Center can accommodate up to 1800 people in 30,000 square feet for business, association, government or family and social events. Staff is recognized again and again for their "no hiccups" attention to detail.
    Meeting planners consistently choose Salem Convention Center for their clients because they can count on the experienced, thorough and skilled team at the Center.