Medical researchers at the University of South Florida have been given $4 million by Joy McCann Culverhouse, widow of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse.
The gift will be matched by the state of Florida to create an $8 million endowment for research on allergies and swallowing disorders.
The gift lifts the school’s $220 million capital campaign beyond the $200 million mark. The campaign ends in 2001.
The Culverhouse family has given 65 gifts totaling $14.5 million to the university. State matches have boosted that total to nearly $30 million.
Those gifts have established the largest specialized swallowing center in the United States, and have supported the university’s breast cancer research.