Sep 24, 2010 8:07 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has pledged $8 million to Loyola University in New Orleans.
The money - being donated through the Gayle & Tom Benson Charitable Foundation - will create a new home for the university's Jesuit Center.
The university says Loyola's former library building, shuttered since 1999, will be renovated as the Tom Benson Jesuit Center. The 36,000-square-foot building was originally constructed in 1950.
Benson, who attended Loyola University and received an honorary degree in 1987, has been a long-time supporter of the university. In 1999, his gift of $500,000 funded the first phase of construction of the Gregory R. Choppin Chemistry Wing in Monroe Hall. Benson also made a $2 million contribution in 2008 to create the Jesuit Social Research Institute.