Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society Cancel Events At Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Henrietta Strickland
August 19, 2017

Why any charity would believe that Mar-a-Lago would make a good venue for a fundraiser right now is a bit unfathomable, but apparently, until this morning, The American Cancer Society and the Cleveland Clinic were still on the resort's schedule. "Because the conversation has shifted away from the goal of this event, we will not host it at Mar-a-Lago".

First, the Cleveland Clinic, a hospital network, pulled its 2018 fundraising gala from Trump's Palm Beach club early Thursday afternoon.

"Our values and commitment to diversity are critical as we work to address the impact of cancer in every community", the American Cancer Society said, according to Politico. But the organization said "it has become increasingly clear" that hosting its fundraiser on Trump-owned property presents a "challenge" to its values.

A spokeswoman for the Salvation Army told the Sun Sentinel on Friday that it will not host its Holiday Snow Ball in Palm Beach event at Mar-a-Lago.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Cleveland Clinic Florida, a hospital in Weston, according to Eileen Sheil, executive director of communications at Cleveland Clinic.

The nationwide health organization confirmed it is seeking a new venue to host its Island of Palm Beach gala on February 22, 2018 in a statement to HuffPost.

The American Red Cross said in its statement that it must provide "assistance without discrimination to all people in need, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, or political opinions".

The American Red Cross faced similar pushback in January, when demonstrators rallied outside its annual fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago as the worldwide humanitarian relief organization was offering aid to those affected by Trump's moratorium on the USA refugee program.

The letter said the hospital's support for the Trump Organization was unacceptable "because it symbolically and financially supports a politician actively working to decrease access to healthcare and cut billions of dollars in research funding from the National Institutes of Health budget".

The rapid rejections of one of the president's signature businesses revealed a key vulnerability for Trump, who has been fiercely criticized this week for equating the actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis with protesters during a violent weekend in Charlottesville.

On Thursday, CNNMoney reached out to all the organizations that have announced plans to hold events at Mar-a-Lago in the coming months.

Trump Organization representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost's multiple requests for comment. The loss to Mar-a-Lago will run in the hundreds of thousands; the cost to the reputations of these two charities should be much higher.

Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove was a member of one of those panels created to advise the president on the economy and jobs. The foundation declined further comment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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