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Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 1, 2006
The Salvation Army USA Western Territory announced today that six proposals for KROC Centers have been approved and will receive funds to build and endow Salvation Army Ray and Joan KROC Corps Community Centers.
The Western Territory, headquartered in Long Beach, California, oversees operations in the 13 Western states. The Territory received a $ 250 million share of Joan Krocs $ 1.5 billion-plus gift to The Salvation Army, enabling six centers to begin the construction process soon. The following sites were selected to begin development: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Honolulu, Hawaii; Long Beach, California; Phoenix – South Mountain, Arizona; Salem, Oregon; and San Francisco – Tenderloin, California.
The KROC Center application process was very competitive. In April 2005, 19 comprehensive proposals were submitted to and reviewed by the USA Western Territory selection committee during the Feasibility Application Phase of development.
At the completion of the Feasibility Application Phase, Territorial Commander for the West, Commissioner Philip Swyers said, The committee has identified eight locations with community needs that would be enhanced and impacted for good by the construction of a Salvation Army KROC Center. In June 2005, those eight proposals were pre-qualified to move into the Development Application Phase. During this phase, each of the eight locations submitted a budget, a program and facility design, a development timeline, and a transition plan. Final applications were received on April 3, 2006.
Throughout each of the competitive phases, the KROC Center site selections were made based on how well the proposals do the following: 1) advance The Salvation Armys mission; 2) implement Mrs. Krocs vision; 3) enhance under-served communities; 4) cost-effectively develop high-quality KROC Centers; and, 5) provide the best opportunity for long-term sustainability.
“Each of the proposals we received represented hundreds of hours of thought and planning on the part of our local Salvation Army personnel and especially their community partners. We want to thank everyone involved in the proposal process for their level of dedication and caring,” said Commissioner Swyers. And, we want to thank Mrs. Joan Kroc for making it possible for The Salvation Army to reach people of all ages with life enhancing programs and services.
About the Kroc Gift: Announced in January 2004, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, gave The Salvation Army in the United States an estate gift in excess of $ 1.5 billion for the exclusive purpose of building and endowing KROC Centers in many communities across the country. The gift was one of the largest estate gifts made by an individual in the history of charitable giving. The first Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center was opened in San Diego in June 2002 at a ceremony presided over by Mrs. Joan Kroc. Members and friends of all ages enjoy access to the centers climbing wall, ice arena, aquatic center, gymnasium, performing arts complex, indoor skate park, family enrichment center, Salvation Army church, day care center, and much more.
About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Founded in London in 1865, the Army serves approximately 35 million people in the US each year with food for the hungry, companionship for the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, educational and recreational opportunities for at-risk children, relief for disaster survivors, recovery for the addicted, and many more services designed to assist those in need.
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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2006
Travelers can add some cheer to the holiday season this year by taking advantage of seasonal destination activities around the globe. Viator.com has a number of activities to make the most of a holiday getaway, a winter wonderland, or a night out on the town close to home. Many of Viators featured holiday activities take place for a very limited time, or in some cases just once, so travelers should plan quickly to avoid missing out on once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Spur-of-the-moment travelers, however, are also in luck as Viator adds new activities every week, with plans for special Las Vegas New Years excitement coming soon. Viator.com gift certificates can also provide a great solution for the last minute shopper, redeemable toward featured holiday activities and other worldwide experiences.
Northeastern United States
Theres no place like New York during the holidays. The New York Holiday Lights Tour includes sparkling spectacles like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink, world famous window displays of Lord & Taylor and Saks and a festive laser light show at Grand Central Station. This tour runs from November 28 to January 6, with prices starting at $ 39.00 for adults and $ 32.50 for children. Its got glamorous costumes, synchronized kicks to the ceiling, a 3-D film and even an appearance by Santa Claus. Tour the home of founding father and U.S. President George Washington during the Mount Vernon by Candlelight Tour in Washington, DC. Fridays and Saturdays from December 1 through 9, visitors can see how the Washington family entertained during the winter season as 18th Century characters share stories about Christmas hospitality from 200 years ago. Hot cider and cookies by the fire conclude the tour, priced from $ 39 for adults and $ 19 for children.
West Coast Cruisin
A Pacific Northwest holiday tradition is the The Christmas Ship Festival. Aboard ship, some of the finest Northwest choirs sing holiday greetings, while Santa mingles with guests spreading holiday cheer. On the water, other decorated boats join in the festivities by following The Spirit of Seattle, the official Christmas Ship, forming the worlds largest holiday flotilla. Running only from December 1-23, cruise tickets are $ 22.00 for adults and $ 11.50 for kids. Bring the whole family to Carlsbad, California to celebrate the joys of the season at LEGOLAND. The Holiday Block Party is a two-week only event, running from December 21-30. Guests can see the only 30 foot Christmas tree built with over 245,000 forest green DUPLO bricks, and a LEGO Santa complete with sleigh and a team of reindeer. Adult day passes are $ 52, kids pay $ 44. Book and travel by December 31, and adults save 10% off each ticket.
Holiday Dinner Shows
A holiday tradition makes its return to Orlando as Dolly Partons Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show celebrates the holidays with Christmas at Dixie Stampede. The show features spectacular holiday music, ice skating, snowfalls, majestic horses and even an appearance by St. Nick himself. Tickets start at $ 49.50 for adults and $ 23.94 for kids. The adult ticket price includes Dollys holiday gift a 5% discount through the holidays. The Arabian Nights Annual Holiday Show in Orlando is full acrobatic elves, dancing reindeer, Sugar Plum Fairies, a disbelieving Sultan, and a determined Princess with her Genie. The Holiday Show delivers all the romance and excitement only Arabian Nights can bring to life! The show runs through January 1, 2007. Tickets start at $ 49.60 for adults and $ 31.00 for children.
Christmas with the King
Celebrate the Holidays at Graceland, and experience the holiday d?cor just as Elvis did every year. In addition to the exterior splendor, the Platinum Tour package includes the Graceland Mansion audio-guided tour along with self-guided tours of Elvis’ two custom jets, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, a memorabilia museum called ‘Sincerely Elvis’, the all-new Elvis After Dark exhibit and a 22 minute film showcasing Elvis’ fascinating career. Prices start at $ 27.20 for adults and $ 13.94 for children.
Once-in-a-Lifetime in Austria
Travelers stroll through the foothills of the Alps along the Salzach River with a knowledgeable tour guide during the Silent Night, Holy Night Christmas Eve Guided Tour. The Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf (Salzburg, Austria) celebrates Christmas Eve Holy Mass outside because of the small size of the interior. This guided tour starts at $ 44.00 for adults and $ 22.63 for children. The Christmas Time Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride starts with a ride along the Salzach River Valley past many of Austrias most popular ski resorts, followed by an ascent up the “Steirische Ramsau” 3,281 feet above sea level. Passengers enjoy a beautiful Austrian village and lunch at a local inn while they listen for the jingling of sleigh bells the signal to embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey by sleigh through a winter wonderland. From December 25 to 31 only, this tour starts at $ 60.33 for adults and $ 44.00 for children.
Say Gday to 2007 before Most of the World
The clock strikes midnight in Australia long before many other continents around the world. Ring in 2007 on the Sydney Showboats 2006 New Years Eve Celebration Cruise where a glittering cabaret spectacular in the tradition of the Moulin Rouge and the Lido awaits revelers, along with a three-course gourmet meal, fine wines and one of the best fireworks displays in the world, from one of the most beautiful vantage points in the world, Sydney Harbour. Seats are limited and this cruise will sell out. Standard package prices start at $ 594.74 per person, and premium package prices start at $ 743.62. Revelers can stay in the same time-zone but usher in the New Year in a different Australian city. The Melbourne 2006 New Years Eve Party Cruise features fabulous food, flowing drinks and non-stop entertainment, including spectacular views of the fireworks at midnight. The Silver Package departing from Princess Walk starts at $ 163.75 per person, and the Gold Package, departing from Southbank Promenade starts at $ 182.36 per person.
Beginners and advanced snowmobile riders alike enjoy the views of incredible Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley during the Top of Tahoe Tour in South Lake Tahoe. The two-hour tour, with experienced guides, starts at $ 109.00 per person and winds its way through the dense forests and pine and aspen nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. The Evening Ice Walk and Campfire in Banff, Canada, starting at $ 43.46 for adults and $ 22.18 for children, includes a brisk stroll to historic Stewart Canyon Bridge and an exploration along the shoreline of Lake Minnewanka. Ice-hikers listen to the crackling of the frozen lakes ice cap and then the crackling of the campfire, capping the evening off with hot chocolate while roasting marshmallows.
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