UPDATE: 23 Charities Confirmed to Move or Cancel Fundraisers Previously Held at Mar-a-Lago

(This article has been updated since it was published on August 20, 2017)

Facing pressure both internal and external, myriad charitable organizations have pulled out of planned events during the 2017/18 season at the Mar-a-Lago club in response to President Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville crisis. The organizations, ostensibly wishing to distance themselves as much as possible from anything that could be construed to condone hate crimes, have abandoned Mar-a-Lago for morally and politically sound footing elsewhere.

 {Photo:  The Hill }

{Photo: The Hill}

The defections, which at this point have swelled to more than 20, are highlighted by, among others, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and Susan G. Komen. Perhaps most interesting among those departing Mar-a-Lago's gilded halls: Big Dog Ranch Rescue, whose event is co-chaired by the President's daughter-in-law and outspoken defender, Lara Trump.

Following what has been a tumultuous week for the President and the country, the departures do not come as a surprise. The non-condemnation by the President of white supremacists drew outrage from all political corners and, following a bizarre and combative question-and-answer session with reporters in Manhattan, leaders of all kinds were quick to criticize Trump and the message his remarks and behavior sent. Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce president, Laurel Baker, stated “If you have a conscience, you’re really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be [at Mar-a-Lago]". She added, “Many say it’s the dollars [at the events] that count. Yes. But the integrity of any organization rests on their sound decisions and stewardship.” Baker concluded thusly: ”Personally, I do not feel that supporting him, directly or indirectly, speaks well of any organization.”

Mrs. Baker's comments are among the most critical of the President and all things in his sphere of influence, and certainly the most critical emerging from in and around Palm Beach.

Th latest to join the ranks is the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach announcing on Facebook yesterday that it also plans to pull its annual dinner dance from Trump’s Palm Beach estate. “Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance,” the group wrote.

Here is a full list of the organizations that have decided NOT to host their event at Mar-a-Lago this year:

(*Asterisk denotes charities that decided to move their event from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year. **Double asterisk denotes those who have moved their event from Mar-a-Lago since this article was originally published on August 20, 2017)

  • American Cancer Society ball
  • American Friends of Magen David Adom
  • American Humane Association Hero Dogs luncheon*
  • Autism Project of Palm Beach County
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute gala*
  • Bethesda Hospital Foundation Women of Grace luncheon, Nov. 9
  • Big Dog Ranch Rescue event
  • Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach*
  • Cleveland Clinic, moving to The Breakers
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute gala*
  • Gateway for Cancer Research**
  • Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper (H.O.W) luncheon, moving to Flagler Museum
  • International Red Cross ball
  • Kravis Center Wine Auction**
  • LIFE Lady in Red Gala, its board approved today
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma gala*
  • MorseLife (Dinner dance and luncheon)**
  • Palm Beach Zoo gala**
  • Preservation Foundation (Note: This event was at The Breakers last year.)
  • Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation luncheon
  • Salvation Army
  • Susan G. Komen Perfect Pink Party
  • The Unicorn Children’s Foundation**

(MorseLife decided earlier this year to move its event from Mar-a-Lago, then this week made the decision to move its luncheon from the club as well.)

Organizations that have decided TO HOST their event at Mar-a-Lago this year includes:

  • Achilles Freedom Team
  • Palm Beach Police Foundation ball
  • World Affairs Council of Palm Beach speaker event

Organizations that are still, as yet, UNDECIDED:

  • Palm Beach Habilitation Center
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