A Family Tradition of Giving
"My parents believed that higher education creates opportunities for people to improve themselves and the community," Tim Burr said in a news conference at the University of West Florida in 2014.
On that day, he and his wife, Marguerite, announced a $770,000 legacy gift to UWF, which went on to support the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering and UWF Athletics. The gift, from the estate of his parents, John Thayer and Joan Ames Burr, was instrumental in founding the football program at UWF.
"My parents loved this community, so there is no better way to give back to the community than by supporting the University," he said. "It is our family's hope that this gift furthers the University's stature in the education community and attracts high quality students, so that together we can achieve something for the greater good."
After giving so much to the University already, this past year Tim and Marguerite made a generous planned gift to the University from their own estate. This generosity will live on with our students and go on to impact hundreds of future Argos.
Every year, UWF alumni and friends use estate giving and planned giving for the University to strengthen their community and enhance the lives of young people. Giving to UWF allows you to make a lasting impact and take advantage of financial planning opportunities.
Honor Someone With Your Gift
Tim was able to honor his parents' wishes and continue their legacy here in Northwest Florida. Is there someone special in your life who shares your connection to UWF, such as a professor, former classmate or family member? You can honor that relationship with a gift to UWF in their name. Contact Robin Zimmern at 615-473-5204 or email@example.com to get help planning your perfect gift.