Lisa Napoli - Ray and Joan

Lisa Napoli presented her first book Radio Shangri-La at a Friends author event five years ago.

In May 2017, our membership meeting theme will be philanthropy and we’ll introduce the new Glendale Library Foundation. We’ve invited Lisa Napoli to discuss her second book which ties in beautifully: Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away. Napoli tells the real story of how Ray Kroc became the “Founder” of McDonald’s, and how his wife and then widow Joan literally gave away billions to charity.

Before she married Ray Kroc, Joan served on the Rapid City, South Dakota library board. She went on to become the Andrew Carnegie of our time! Joan was an unconventional philanthropist, as Napoli’s book makes clear. She would often be moved by a speech at an event and spontaneously write generous checks. Joan Kroc gave $235 million to National Public Radio, more than $2 billion to The Salvation Army, and hundreds of millions more throughout her life.

Come to this special Friends + Foundation author event (FREE) 05/24/2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Central Library to hear Napoli discuss this true story of immense wealth and unexpected philanthropy. She’ll be interviewed by Tom Nolan, a Wall Street Journal literary critic and published author who is also one of our board nominees.


May 24 Membership Event to Feature Lisa Napoli and her Book Ray & Joan