A growing number of people are declining in their support for President Trump after his Charlottesville comments. As of Tuesday, seven members of Trump’s manufacturing council had already resigned. One stating “After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals.” Now, some high-profile charities are even backing out of their support.
Three big charities decided to pull events from Trump’s Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday. The American Cancer Society has been a high-dollar client since 2009 and just decided to move their upcoming fundraising gala to another venue. A spokesperson from the organization said:
‘Our values and commitment to diversity are critical as we work to address the impact of cancer in every community. It has become increasingly clear that the challenge to those values is outweighing other business considerations.’
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) August 18, 2017
The Cleveland Clinic, also a longtime customer of Mar-a-lago, abruptly changed plans for their winter event shortly after they said they had planned to continue doing business at Mar-a-lago. Israel’s equivalent of The Red Cross, The American Friends of Magen David Adom stated that “after considerable deliberation,” it will not hold its gala at the Mar-a-lago Club. The organization gave no further reasoning for their decision. The American Friends had one of the largest events at the club last season which 600 people attended.
These high-profile cancellations are likely to cause Trump’s “winter white house” to lose revenue after their decisions to pull their events. The local business community is also starting to decline in their support and says more charities will likely follow the others in their descent.
Laurel Baker, Executive Director of The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce said:
‘The glitter, the shine has gone from the club, and I can’t help but think there will be more fallout from it.’
Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce head says charities should ‘have a conscience’, shun Trump & Mar-a-Lago https://t.co/Qbia10Bdv4
— Stan Veuger (@stanveuger) August 17, 2017
According to The Chicago Tribune:
‘At least seven other groups that frequented Mar-a-Lago – including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in New York and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami – have announced in recent months that they would choose other venues, citing reasons such as political differences and security hassles.’
There may also be a price for these charities to pay as well as they have been successful in increasing their revenue while holding their events at the Mar-a-lago Club. Kudos to those groups standing up for important values, which clearly aren’t supported by holding their events at Trump’s club.
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