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Tickets for Tutu’s appearance in Tacoma go on sale Friday

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm with No Comments »
February 9, 2011 6:41 pm

Tickets for an event featuring retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Tacoma Dome May 13 will go on sale Friday.

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is bringing Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to Tacoma as part of its work with youths to build a safe community and counter violence.

The foundation is putting on the event in conjunction with the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University and its sponsors. Ticket prices range from $24 to $42 for adults and $9 to $15 for all students (with student identification). Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.ticketmaster.com and in-person at the Tacoma Dome ticket office.

Tutu, an Anglican archbishop, will speak on the importance of joining together to strengthen the community.

Also speaking will be Craig Kielburger, an international youth advocate and founder of Free the Children.

Regional music and dance performers also will take part in the two-hour program starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tutu, 79, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his outspoken opposition to apartheid. In 1995 after the fall of apartheid, South African President Nelson Mandela appointed him chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body created to probe human rights violations that occurred under apartheid.

Tutu retired as archbishop of Cape Town in 1996. He was named emeritus archbishop of Cape Town and remained a prominent public figure.

In October, Tutu retired from public duties.

The community foundation says Tutu’s Tacoma visit is his last scheduled public appearance in the United States. It expects to draw as many as 10,000 people or more to the event.

Foundation president and chief executive officer Rose Lincoln Hamilton said Tutu is not only “an inspiring and unifying world figure.”

“He stands as a remarkable example of how one person’s actions can make a significant difference in the world,” Lincoln Hamilton said in a news release today.

Tutu’s appearance is part of the broader “Be the Spark” movement the foundation started with UPS, PLU and other community partners to build a positive, caring community.

The foundation says a portion of every ticket sold will go toward its Youth Against Violence Endowment Fund. It is working with sponsors to provide tickets to Pierce County youth on a scholarship basis.

For more information about Tutu’s visit and tickets, visit www.agreatertacoma.org.

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