SAN DIEGO - Funds left over from the Dalai Lama's April visit to San Diego were donated to the Monarch School for homeless children Thursday.
The Honorable Lama Tenzin Dhonden -- the Dalai Lama's personal peace emissary -- and officials from San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego announced Tuesday they would give the school a check for almost $51,000.
The school will use the donation to support a student leadership program being developed to teach students about the importance of civic engagement, leadership and community participation, Spiewak said.
The Dalai Lama spoke to about 20,000 San Diegans in three presentations over two days at San Diego State, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego. Attendees generally paid $10 to $25 for tickets to the sold-out appearances, leading to the surplus revenues.
The Monarch School also recently received a $50,000 donation from Skype to improve school communications. Its 150 students are homeless, with some living in shelters or motels and others doubling up with other families.
The Monarch School currently is on West Cedar Street. A new campus is being built on Newton Avenue, between the East Village and Barrio Logan.
Jurors acquitted Mendoza of a third kidnapping-for-ransom charge stemming from the October 2006 abduction of Eric Nunez Ochoa, the prosecutor said.