Medical Charities Desert Mar-a-Lago

Henrietta Strickland
August 19, 2017

Some of the biggest-named charities in America are walking away from President Trump.

On Friday, three well-known charities - the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen - announced they are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump's Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago.

President Donald Trump's remarks on violence in Charlottesville where he insisted that "both sides" were to blame for the incident not just drew criticism from all quarters, but also ended up hurting his business.

Prominent business leaders began fleeing from Trump's business advisory councils this week in protest to his response to the white supremacist rally.

"Hosting the event on Trump property is a symbolic and financial endorsement of the President's policies and statements, many of which threaten our patients' health - particularly the very young, the very old, cancer patients, and the chronically ill", the letter read.

According to the Palm Beach Daily News social events calendar, The Red Cross was slated to host its International Red Cross Ball at the resort on February 3, 2018.

Mar-a-Lago, previously a fixture of the Palm Beach social scene, has been steadily losing business throughout Mr Trump's political career.

Blouin said most of Florida's hate groups are concentrated in the northern part of the state and that no organized groups have visited Palm Beach since 1990 when the held a rally on Worth Avenue.

"If you're looking at your mission statement", she in an interview with the Post, "can you honestly say having an event at Mar-a-Lago, given all that has transpired, is the best stewardship of your efforts?"

"We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years", the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement.

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

The American Cancer Society is one of the high-dollar clients at the Mar-a-Lago club since 2009. It was held at Mar-a-Lago because of costs, venue requirements and other factors, according to the statement. But the organization said "it has become increasingly clear" that hosting its fundraiser on Trump-owned property presents a "challenge" to its values. The decision was reported earlier by the Palm Beach Post. As president, he has raised the club's profile by making repeated visits there.

The Cleveland Clinic and the American Friends of Magen David Adom also said they would relocate fundraising events but did not specify reasons. When medical students and other groups renewed the push recently, Cleveland Clinic remained firm, saying Mar-a-Lago met its needs.

The event was scheduled to take place at Mar-a-Lago on February 25, 2018.

As of now, some nonprofits are staying the course, including West Palm Beach's Kravis Center For The Performing Arts, Big Dog Ranch Rescue (Trump daughter-in-law Lara Trump is the event's chairwoman) and Leaders in Furthering Education, National Enquirer heiress Lois Pope's December 2 shindig. The foundation declined further comment. The group did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

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