Cleveland Clinic Reverses Decision To Hold Fundraiser At Trump Resort

Faith Castro
August 19, 2017

And a day after that dismantling happened, the hospital announced that "after careful consideration", Cleveland Clinic would not hold its 2018 event at Mar-a-Lago. "We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years", read the Clinic's statement, as reported by Koff.

The fundraiser has raised $700,000 to $1 million annually to expand programs and purchase equipment for the hospital's Florida facility.

The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement Wednesday, "As our members have expressed individually over the past several days, intolerance, racism and violence have absolutely no place in this country and are an affront to core American values". The decision was reported earlier by the Palm Beach Post.

Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said only that "there were a variety of factors" behind the decision to cancel.

The clinic is now looking into other locations to host the gala.

The American Friends of Magen David Adom and the American Cancer Society followed suit, announcing on August 17 that their 2018 fundraisers will not be at Trump's Florida resort, notes AP. The organization has hosted the event at Mar-a-Lago since 2007. Another longtime Mar-a- Lago customer, the Cleveland Clinic, abruptly changed course on its winter event only days after saying it planned to continue doing business at Mar-a-Lago, a leading venue for charitable events in the posh resort town. "It has become increasingly clear that the challenge to those values is outweighing other business considerations".

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.

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The president's remarks were seen in many quarters as deflecting blame away from neo-Nazis and other avowed white supremacist groups.

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

President Donald Trump has been widely condemned for his comments in the wake of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally and vehicle attack - and his Florida estate is starting to feel the effects.

The health organization last hosted its gala in Trump's Palm Beach club in February of this year.

"If you have a conscience, you're really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there", Baker said.

Komen foundation all said Friday they're canceling events at Trump's Palm Beach property Mar-a-Lago.

The White House referred questions about the charitable events to the Trump Organization, which did not respond. The charity had one of Mar-a-Lago's biggest events last season, with about 600 people in attendance.

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