Arizona Governor visits Phoenix Kroc Center

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer accepts a gift from children participating in the Kroc Center’s summer day camp program. Photo by Mark Butler


By Marlene Klotz-Collins

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently visited The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at Phoenix South Mountain, congratulating the Army for bringing the facility to the area and lauding the foresight of Joan Kroc in enabling these ventures in communities across America.

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to tour such an incredible facility,” Brewer said. “I’m even more appreciative of the time I got to spend with the children, who clearly are making great use of all that the Kroc Center has to offer. I thank The Salvation Army for introducing this first-rate community center to the heart of Phoenix.”

She also recognized the enormous economic impact the Kroc Center has made, and will continue to make, in the South Mountain area. On the tour, Brewer was accompanied by Southwest Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico, Kroc Center Corps Officers Majors Guy and Denise Hawk, and Divisional Director for Business Major Raewyn Aspeitia.

“We were honored that Governor Brewer shared so generously of her time in touring the Kroc,” Posillico said. “She totally embraced the concept and truly recognized the potential we have to change the lives of the individuals and families who embrace the facility and all it has to offer. We couldn’t have been more pleased by her warmth and enthusiasm. Mrs. Kroc would have been proud.”

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