The Dalai Lama’s visit to Charlottesville this year generated about $95,000 for local charities, organizers announced Wednesday.
The Oct. 11 event generated almost $380,000 in revenue. About $325,000 came from ticket sales, with the rest coming from private donations.
The Tibetan spiritual leader does not make a personal profit from his speeches, according to organizers.
The costs associated with the two appearances — one at the Paramount Theater and one at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion — were about $143,000, which left a profit of about $237,000.
Another $95,000 will go the Dalai Lama Trust for other charitable causes, while about $47,000 will go to the Central Tibetan Administration, the exiled political organization working toward a free Tibet.
The rest will go to the following local organizations:
» Arura Medicine of Tibet in Charlottesville
» The Charlottesville Free Clinic: The Dental Clinic
» Virginia Institute of Autism: Adult Services
» Charlottesville Fire Department: Health and Wellness Program for Firefighters
» Tibetan Sunday School in Charlottesville
» Children Youth and Family Services (CYFS)
» The Haven of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless
» Foothills Child Advocacy Center
» Service Dogs of Virginia
» The County of Albemarle Police Foundation: Canine Fund
» Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia
The Dalai Lama’s visit was sponsored by the city of Charlottesville, the Foundation for American Heritage Voices, the Tibetan Association of Charlottesville and the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies.