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8 | February 16, 2017 | The highland park landmark news ‘Ray and Joan’ author gives talk Hilary Anderson Freelance Reporter Josie Debra Powless, Highland Park. Josie was found near 145th Street south of Chicago, running in traffic. She was brought back to Highland Park and quickly became part of the family. She is now 15 years old (105 in human years), which is quite old for a 70-pound dog and she is still very active. Everybody loves our Josie, a wonderful and friendly dog, and at her age I can tell you she does not have a gray hair body. These photos were taken last fall when she was frolicking in the grass. To see your pet featured as Pet of the Week, send information to Courtney Jacquin at or 60 Revere Drive, Suite 888, Northbrook, IL 60062. Dust-Free Wood Floor Refinishing with our Atomic Dust Containment System The North Shore’s wood flooring experts. 1107 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette 847-865-8283 Ray Kroc built a business empire based on fast food but few are aware his wife, Joan, became known as a world-class philanthropist. It was Joan Kroc’s donation of $225 million to NPR that moved veteran reporter and author Lisa Napoli to research her background and write a book, “Ray and Joan,” published late in 2016. Napoli discussed her book and related many of the secrets of the Mc- Donald’s story — from how Ray’s billions were acquired to why Joan gave the money away — at the Highland Park Library Wednesday, Feb. 8, at one of its Rise and Shine sessions presented by the Highland Park Senior Center and sponsored by the Sheridan at Green Oaks. Napoli’s insights and research highlight Joan Kroc’s concern for others. “I loved hearing about Joan Kroc,” Highland Park resident Fran Bloom said. “It was absolutely inspirational. I wish there were more people like her.” “She was a entertainer — an organist and piano player — working at three jobs when Ray Kroc met her at a St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant,” Napoli said. “Her then-husband was a local railroad fireman. Their family was struggling.” Her first husband was hired to manage a Mc- Donald’s restaurant near St. Paul. He did well, received a bonus and moved his family to open the first location in South Dakota. Joan and Ray Kroc had Author Lisa Napoli discusses her book “Ray and Joan” on the life of Joan Kroc Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Highland Park Public LIbrary. Hilary Anderson/22nd Century Media an affair there, eventually divorced their respective spouses and married in 1969. They lived in Chicago until Ray bought the San Diego Padres in 1974, which prompted their move to California. Napoli said that Ray then became an alcoholic. “Joan realized alcoholism was a disease and began a movement to educate the public about it,” Napoli said. She formed Operation Cork, an organization that promoted and funded movies and public service announcements about addiction and recovery and built facilities to treat the addiction long before Betty Ford came along. She knew the impact the disease had on the family. Ray’s daughter died from cirrhosis of the liver.” When Ray Kroc passed away in 1984, Joan inherited half a billion dollars. “Joan was a very compassionate individual and hands-on philanthropist,” Napoli said. “She also was a news junkie.” There was a massacre that same year in a San Ysidro McDonalds, according to Napoli. Joan saw it on the TV, called a news conference and donated $100,000 to a victims memorial fund. Napoli said Joan came into her own after that and began her radical and ecstatic giving. “She was a world class philanthropist although most people don’t know that about her,” Napoli said. “Joan Kroc dissolved the Kroc Foundation in 1991 but continued to give money to causes she thought important and over which she had more control. One of them was a homeless shelter. Another was the first freestanding hospice in San Diego.” Near the end of her life, Joan Kroc and friends drove through a poor San Diego neighborhood and began talking with people there. She felt as though she hadn’t done enough according to Napoli. “I am going to build a center for kids where they can go,” Napoli quoted her. “It was an $80 million facility. When she found she was dying, Joan surveyed her money, found she had around $3 billion and donated about $2 billion dollars to the Salvation Army so they could be replicated around the country. Twenty-six of them have been built since. One of them is on Chicago’s South Side.” Joan Kroc did not want to leave her money to her family. She enjoyed NPR and PBS. Joan offered $225 million to both, but PBS never returned her calls, so she gave it all to NPR. “I listen to NPR and wondered why they always mention her,” Jeff Miller, of Highland Park, said. “Now I know it went to an endowment for them.” highland park the highland park landmark | February 16, 2017 | 9 New ListiNgs iN HigHLaNd Park 2021 St. Johns Avenue Unit 3A Highland Park 2,113 square feet 2 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bath $599,000 2021 St. Johns Avenue Unit 3GH Highland Park 4,600 square feet 2 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half bath $899,000 957 Burton Avenue Highland Park 1,690 square feet 3 bedroooms, 1 bath $325,000 Jamie Roth | 847.219.6400 | | ©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. 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