Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Charities Are Pulling Their Events From Trump's Mar-A-Lago Estate

Seven Charities Pull Their Galas Out of Trump's Mar-A-Lago Another charity cancels fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Kenny Thornton | 22 August, 2017, 01:27

Two more charities announced Sunday they won't hold their annual fundraisers at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club and the Kravis Center added its name to the list this morning, continuing an exodus that has accelerated since Trump blamed "both sides" for the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Trump's loss is others' gain, as several hotels in Palm Beach County have been contacted by the charities to serve as replacement hosts for the galas.

The Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society and the American Friends of Magen David Adom, an organization supporting Israel disaster relief programs, also have changed venues for their events.

Prominent organizations are canceling events at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's resort in Florida.

"We have an unyielding commitment to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world", said Andrew Aiken, the zoo's CEO and president.

In a defiant news conference on Tuesday, Trump defended white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups who incited violence during demonstrations in Charlottesville last weekend.

On Friday, five additional philanthropic organizations - Susan G. Komen, the International Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Autism Association of Palm Beach County and Big Dog Ranch - moved events from Mar-a-Lago.

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"The American Red Cross has decided we can not host our annual fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago, as it has increasingly become a source of controversy and pain for many of our volunteers, employees and supporters", the organization said Friday.

"After considerable deliberation, AFMDA - an apolitical and humanitarian aid organization - will not hold its 2018 Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala at Mar-a-Lago".

On Saturday, the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation became the latest Trump customer to put its foot down.

The Cleveland Clinic's choice to cut ties with the estate speaks volumes as it has hosted its annual fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago for the past eight years, raising between $700,000 to $1 million per year, according to the Palm Beach Post. The organization declined to give a reason.

Palm Beach town records showed that 21 charities held events at Mar-a-Lago between last November and April, during the active social season.

Representatives from MorseLife and the Trump Organization have not responded to requests for comment from FORTUNE.

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