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Councilwoman Green joins Mayor For $18 Million Salvation Army Groundbreaking

Monday December 17, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3633

A special moment on Campground Road on Monday morning signaled a new investment for an area of Metro Louisville that will have a positive impact on surrounding neighborhoods.

Ground was broken for a new $18 million Salvation Army Community Center.

“This community truly has a caring and outstanding organization in the Salvation Army,” said Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1. “This Community Center is the answer to a need for this area; it brings hope to some people who could use a little hope in their lives.”

Green joined Mayor Jerry Abramson at 4646 Campground Road and officials with the Salvation Army as the Community center moved forward. It is a project that began two years ago and the community came followed through by raising $15 million locally for the project.

With the money raised locally, the Center will now be eligible for a $30 million dollar matching grant from the Kroc foundation.

The Center is expected to open in 2010. It will have a gymnasium, aquatic center, classrooms and facilities for community meetings.

“This center will go a long way in helping our young people in the District and through out many areas of Southwest Jefferson County,” said Green. “This is yet another aspect of how the Salvation Army touches lives. Some may think of red kettles, others the relief wagons at a disaster scene but places like this center show how the Salvation Army is helping us build a strong community.”

The Kroc Foundation was created after the death of Joan Kroc in 2003. The widow of McDonald’s restaurants founder, Ray Kroc gave $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to create centers for communities to provide education, recreation and inspiration.

Judith Green (D) 1