Major charities dump Trump's club after Charlottesville drama

Cleveland Clinic's 2018 fundraiser won't be at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

The change is significant, as the clinic has held their fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for the last 8 years, each time raising close to $1 million.

The Salvation Army, which has held a gala at the club every year since 2014, said in a statement that it would not hold its event there "because the conversation has shifted away" from its mission of helping those in need. The clinic did not share its reasoning behind canceling plans to hold the event at Mar-A-Lago.

Susan G. Komen, a charity that invests in breast cancer research, confirmed it is also withdrawing from Mar-a-Lago and is seeking a new venue for its fundraising event.

The groups' cancellations follow rebukes from business executives this week, who heavily criticized Trump's comments that white supremacists and counterprotesters equally shared the blame for a deadly weekend in Charlottesville.

Charities - including the huge global hospital network The Cleveland Clinic - bailed on Trump's club after he blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last Saturday, and for his defense on Tuesday of white nationalists, some of whom, he said, were "very fine people". "It has become increasingly clear that the challenge to those values is outweighing other business considerations".

Donald Trump's comments on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia have cost him two advisory councils, the support of legislators, and any hope of a peaceful vacation.

This latest round of defections came after the President's controversial press conference at Trump Tower.

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

In June the Post reported "seven nonprofit organizations - all repeat customers of the president's club - have announced their decisions to avoid Mar-a-Lago next winter during the social season, when Palm Beach life revolves around lavish parties for charity".

He also doubled down on his claim that "both sides" were responsible for the violence that erupted during the Saturday protests - resulting in the death of one counterprotester and the injury of at least a dozen others when a man with alleged racist connections plowed his auto into a crowd - criticizing what he called "alt-left" demonstrators for violently confronting white nationalist groups.

But the resort has also become the site of protest by groups who oppose the president's policies and statements.

The American Cancer Society is one of the high-dollar clients at the Mar-a-Lago club since 2009.

Some of the club's most notable local boosters, with long fundraising histories and deep Palm Beach roots, were also in outright rebellion Friday against the club. Earlier, it had said it planned to continue business at the club, reports said.

The Palm Beach Police Foundation said in a statement that it plans to keep its annual ball at Mar-a-Lago because it is not a political event and no other venues in town can accommodate 700 guests.

"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?"

Despite the building consensus, not all charities are abandoning Trump's Florida manor.



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