Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump's Charlottesville remarks

Seven Charities Pull Their Galas Out of Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Two more organizations have pulled upcoming events scheduled to take place at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., following his controversial statements following violence incited by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last week.

The Washington Post reported that the American Cancer Society, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Friends of Magen David Adom all announced they would not be holding fundraisers at the Palm Beach resort.

The number of charities bailing out of planned fundraisers at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort swelled to 15 Monday in the aftermath of his remark that there were "very fine people" among the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville.

"After thoughtful consideration by zoo leadership, we have decided it is important that we not allow distractions to deter us from our mission and culture", said the organization's CEO and president, Andrew Aiken, in a statement.

Trump's series of comments, which began when he blamed violence "on many sides" for the protest last weekend, were met with a onslaught of criticism from members of his own party, business leaders and artists.

On Friday, five additional philanthropic organizations - Susan G. Komen, the International Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Autism Association of Palm Beach County and Big Dog Ranch - moved events from Mar-a-Lago.

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.

The announcement came a day after another local group, the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, abandoned Mar-a-Lago.

The Salvation Army also pulled its Holiday Snow Ball off the venue's events list "because the conversation has shifted away from the goal of this event", spokesperson Kurt Watkins said.

Later Saturday, the group Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, or H.O.W., posted a statement on its Facebook page announcing the cancellation of its event at Mar-a-Lago.

"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".

- The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation said it will not have its medical briefing luncheon at Mar-a-Lago. The organization did not give a reason for the move.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization didn't respond to an email seeking comment.

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