New Orleans Saints owner make million-dollar to children’s foundation
A foundation created by Gayle and Tom Benson donated the money alongside Sanderson Farms
Gayle Benson, who acquired full ownership of the New Orleans Saints when her husband, Tom Benson, passed away, has made a considerable donation to a children’s hospital in Mississippi. Through the couple’s Gayle & Tom Benson Charitable Foundation, $1 million was given to the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s pediatric wing and will be used to build a playground at the facility. The donation was made in conjunction with Sanderson Farms, a large produce company out of Mississippi.
The hospital announced the donation yesterday as part of the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi. The philanthropic endeavor was put together to build the seven-story pediatric wing and was made from the Benson foundation in honor of Sanderson Farms.
Dr. Mary Taylor, the chair of pediatrics at the hospital and the Suzan B. Thames Chair, states, “This gift is just phenomenal. Children’s of Mississippi cares about the health and welfare of all of the children in the state, and a big part of children’s health is play. This new playground will give the children who come to our hospital and clinics a space where they can have fun.”
Benson decided to team up with Sanderson Farms for two reasons. She indicates that it was a great way to show appreciation to the loyal Saints fans in Mississippi and to Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson, Jr. Sanderson, along with his wife, established the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi in 2016 with a $10-million donation. That campaign has now reached 75% of its goal of $100 million.