In a surprise gesture, some of the revenue from the Dalai Lama's visit to Charlottesville is going to area nonprofits.
The October visit brought in almost $380,000 in revenue, with a net profit of about $237,000.
On Wednesday, a team of organizers announced they will give a portion of those profits to 11 organizations that embody compassion. Some of the nonprofits include Service Dogs of Virginia, the canine fund for the Albemarle County Police Foundation, and The Haven.
"Their beliefs really intersect with ours at The Haven, and this money will really go a long way in supporting a healthy locally sourced breakfast for folks who oftentimes are denied the nutrition that they really deserve," said Eleis Lester, kitchen manager at The Haven.
The nonprofits will share $95,000. The total expenses were about $143,000.
A list of all 11 organizations follows:
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
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
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