Trump resort out as host for zoo gala

Elias Hubbard
August 21, 2017

"The Salvation Army relies heavily on fundraising events like The Holiday Snow Ball in Palm Beach to further our mission of helping those in need through a range of social services including food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for the underprivileged", the Salvation Army wrote in a statement, "Because the conversation has shifted away from the goal of this event, we will not host it at Mar-a-Lago". Profits from Mar-a-Lago are placed in a trust for the duration of Trump's presidency while Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. manage the estate.

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.

On Sunday, the Zoo and Conservation Society followed suit, saying in a statement that its 2018 Tropical Safari Gala will not be at Mar-a-Lago, because "it is important that we not allow distractions to deter us from our mission and culture".

The Palm Beach Post reports that 19 charities in total have decided not to have their events at Mar-a-Lago in recent months.

"Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance", the Preservation Foundation said in a post Saturday on its Facebook page.

In a defiant news conference on Tuesday, Trump defended white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups who incited violence during demonstrations in Charlottesville last weekend. A woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a auto rammed down a narrow street.

The gilded and glittering Mar-a-Lago has been a favorite spot for holding charity events and a moneymaker for the Trump Organization.

-Cleveland Clinic, a hospital group, became the first to take action.

-The American Cancer Society said it will not host its annual Island of Palm Beach gala at the club.

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

Succumbing to nothing but mounting peer pressure, three more nonprofits announced that they would no longer host galas at Mar-a-Lago on Friday.

- The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation said it will not have its medical briefing luncheon at Mar-a-Lago.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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