Some area charities are certainly smiling a bit brighter this week thanks to a substantial donation from the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour.

Proceeds from the tour totaled $155,305 and was distributed to eight Smith Mountain Lake charities. This year’s payout will be recorded as one of the highest in tour history and has shown a substantial increase over the last two years.

The SML Charity Home Tour shines the spotlight on luxury homes in the Smith Mountain Lake area. A ticket to the event allowed visitors to tour the homes inside and out, giving them the opportunity to see unique architectural layouts and innovative designs inspired by a breathtaking view of Smith Mountain Lake.

This year marked the 23rd year of the Tour. Over 250 Smith Mountain Lake homes have been featured and the event has raised over 3.2 million for Smith Mountain Lake charities.

Planning for next year’s event, which will take place on the weekend of October 10th-12th, is already under way. The Smith Mountain Lake Home Tour is held annual on Columbus Day weekend.

For more information on the SML Charity Home Tour, including way in which you can donate or volunteer, visit www.SMLCharityHomeTour.com.