Saints owner Tom Benson donates $8 million to Loyola University

Saints owner Tom Benson (left) yesterday announced an $8 million donation to Loyola University of New Orleans, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

“Mr. Benson’s investment in and unwavering support of this university will make certain that our fundamental Jesuit tradition remains central to the daily life of Loyola’s community,” said Reverend Kevin Wildes, the university president.

Benson’s donation, the Times-Picayune noted, will fund “the construction of a Jesuit Center, to include a major new campus chapel and headquarters for faith and service programs.”

Benson, who attended Loyola University, has been a long-time supporter of the university and was the recipient of its highest honor, the Integritas Vitae Award, earlier this year.

Benson made a $1 million contribution in 2008 to create the Jesuit Social Research Institute. In 1999, his gift of $500,000 funded the first phase of construction for the university’s chemistry facilities.

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