President Donald Trump is rapidly losing support from those who were reluctantly backing him, as well as those who have rigorously advocated for him.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Cleveland Clinic — a leading research hospital — and the American Cancer Society have pulled upcoming events from being held at the Florida estate.
The organizations planned to host big fundraising galas at Mar-A-Lago, but this week organizers released statements explaining why they’ve chosen to distance themselves from the venue, Uproxx reports.
“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 in announcing it would move two 2018 events, a dinner for sponsors and its 60th anniversary gala, from the president’s Palm Beach estate. “It has become increasingly clear that the challenge to those values is outweighing other business considerations.”
The American Friends of Magen David Adom, an organization that supports Israel disaster relief programs, opted to cancel their Mar-A-Lago reservation for their fundraising gala set for February 2018.
“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,” a statement from the medical service reportedly read.
While the American Cancer Society’s statement more directly cited Trump’s rhetoric as their reason, it’s probably safe to say that AFMDA shares similar sentiments, thus leading to their abrupt decision.
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.
After the news broke of these major charities dropping their reservations at the club, it didn't take long for more philanthropic organizations to follow suit.
The Washington Post reports that a total of 15 charities have pulled their events from the estate's calendar.
The fundraisers and galas held at Mar-A-Lago are major money-makers for the resort, each attracting 600 or more people and raising over $1.5 million in one night.
Other groups that have dumped the venue for their big galas and dinners include the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Leaders in Furthering Education, the Palm Beach Zoo, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity, and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County.
A few additional charities have announced that they will be pulling luncheons from the estate, including the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation, Morselife, Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, and Big Dog Ranch Rescue.
According to The Washington Post, most of the aforementioned organizations intend to move their events to other locations rather than completely cancel them.
While it's a bit troubling that — despite his repeated indiscretions — it took something as drastic as Charlottesville for these organizations to break their affiliation with Trump's estate , this action is welcomed.
Better late than never.
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