So far, the preparations for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony don’t seem to be going that well.
For starters, a number of A-list celebrities — including Beyoncé, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga — refuse to perform at the event. Even among the few who did agree to entertain the president-elect on Jan. 20, some are not too happy about it.
However, despite all the anti-Trump protests planned for the day, it appears something good might come out of the inauguration ceremony after all.
Since Washington, D.C. is bound to get busy during the inauguration weekend, more than a dozen restaurants and bars have promised to donate a portion of their profits to “fight the hate.” The eateries plan to give the funds to aid organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign.
As of this writing, 18 eateries have pledged to donate to charity of their choice, including Martha’s Table (a aid organization that serves those in need), Thrive DC (which helps homeless people), Mary’s Center (an organization that provides healthcare and social services to low income residents) and ayuda (which helps immigrants living in D.C.).
“The events of the inauguration present a vital opportunity to serve our nation’s capital by creating inclusive spaces, in service not only to our guests, but also to our community,” the group said on its website. “These are the fundamentals of hospitality, and it is in this spirit that we invite you to join us.”
Moreover, even though most of the selected organization aim to help the people the billionaire mogul and his cabinet seem to despise — the LGBTQ+ community and immigrants, for instance — All in Service said this is not an anti-Trump move. Instead, it is a “celebration of D.C.’s diversity.”
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