Sixteen big-ticket charity events were scheduled for the upcoming local season at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. As of Friday, eleven of those sixteen charities have canceled on Mar-a-Lago and decided to move their events elsewhere, according to the Washington Post.
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a charity focused on the city’s architectural landmarks, had planned to hold a dinner dance at Mar-a-Lago next March. They were expected to spend over a quarter of a million dollars at Trump’s club, but on Saturday, the foundation said it would find another venue, according to a statement:
Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance.
On Friday, three more groups—the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and Susan G. Komen—have also canceled charity luncheons at Mar-a-Lago, following the president’s remarks about the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in which the president said their side had included some “fine people.”
The club stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars from each event. More to the point, it will deny Trump his dual role as president and host to Palm Beach’s elite—on his ubiquitous weekend retreats there this coming season, the president will often find the resort’s grand ballrooms silent and empty.
In a letter to staff Friday, the Red Cross said,
The Red Cross provides assistance without discrimination to all people in need—regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or political opinions—and we must be clear and unequivocal in our defense of that principle.
The charities join other important organizations in deciding to pull out of Mar-a-Lago because of the president’s offensive remarks:
- the Cleveland Clinic;the American Friends of Magen David Adom;
- the American Cancer Society;
- the Lois Pope Life Foundation and Leaders In Furthering Education (“The hatred, vitriol and anti-Semitic and racist views being spewed by neo-Nazis and White Supremacists are repugnant and repulsive, and anyone who would demonstrate even a modicum of support for them by insisting that there are ‘good people’ among them is not deserving of my personal patronage or that of my foundations”);
- Big Dog Ranch Rescue;
- the Autism Project of Palm Beach County; and
- the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation.
Another charity, the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, said it is “currently exploring other options” for a previously planned luncheon at Mar-a-Lago and would make its final decision next month.
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