Cleveland Clinic's 2018 fundraiser won't be at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Cleveland Clinic's 2018 fundraiser won't be at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Mar-a-Lago is seen from the media van window in Palm Beach Fla. Associated Press file
19 Agosto, 2017, 09:27
Before changing course, Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil had said last week that the hospital system's event was not political.
Mar-a-Lago is a dues-paying member of the chamber.
Meanwhile, some other charities said they do not plan to cancel its events at the club such as the Kravis Center who would continue to have its annual wine auction at the Mar-a-Lago, a report said. She said the Cleveland Clinic has not yet decided on a date or new location for the 2018 gala.
A few hours after the Cleveland Clinic's announcement, the American Cancer Society followed suit.
The organizations, which include the American Red Cross and breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen, join three others that made similar moves to distance themselves from Trump's Palm Beach resort earlier this week.
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The nonprofit said in a statement that it had planned to host its 2018 gala at Mar-a-Lago "based on a variety of factors, including costs and venue requirements".
Donald and Melania Trump at an American Red Cross fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago.
"Our values and commitment to diversity are critical as we work to address the impact of cancer in every community", the charity said in a statement.
The American Cancer Society and Cleveland Clinic are just the latest organizations to distance themselves from Trump following almost a week of withering criticism over his response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left one dead and dozens injured.
The reputation of President Donald Trump-rocky to begin with-is enduring further turbulence owing to the commander-in-chief's unwillingness to thoroughly denounce neo-Nazi groups for the recent events in Charlottesville. But the president walked back some of his strong language on Tuesday by defending those who participated in the white nationalist rally and accusing counterprotesters ― whom he referred to as the "alt-left" ― of also acting violently.
Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove was a member of one of those panels created to advise the president on the economy and jobs. Leaving his post on Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, Reutersreported, Kenneth Fraizer of pharmaceutical giant Merck noted the need to "take a stand against intolerance and extremism".
Around 21 charities held events at the mansion between November and April during the active social season, ABC News reported citing Palm Beach town records.
"If you have a conscience, you're really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there", Baker said, according to the Palm Beach Post. "Many say it's the dollars [raised] that count. Yes. But the integrity of any or organization rests on their sound decisions and stewardship", she added. The group did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.
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