American Cancer Society pulls out of gala at Mar-a-Lago

The Cleveland Clinic has succumbed to internal and outside pressure, canceling plans to hold its 2018 fundraiser at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.

Almost 550 people visited the hospital's February fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, where the theme was "Reflections of Versailles".

Though Trump no longer has day-to-day involvement in Mar-a-Lago, which is controlled by the Trump Organization, his sons continue to operate the family business.

Cosgrove personally was criticized for that decision as well as his statements Monday and Wednesday declining to resign from the Strategic and Policy forum.

The American Friends of Magen David Adom, which raises money for Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross, also said it would not hold its 2018 gala at the club "after considerable deliberation", though it did not give a reason.

The cancellations hit at one of the private Florida club's top moneymakers: The club earned between $100,000 and $275,000 each from similar-sized events in the past during Palm Beach's glitzy social seasons.

More news: Sports Chelsea Makes £25m Bid for Chamberlain

Three White House business panels have been disbanded this week after CEOs of some of the country's largest companies withdrew their support. But this week the Cleveland Clinic cut its ties to President Trump. In June, the Washington Post reported that seven nonprofits had already decided not to return to Mar-a-Lago for events in the 2017-2018 as planned, and 13 separate events that had previously taken place at Mar-a-Lago would be moved elsewhere. She did add that the fundraiser's donors enjoyed the venue in the past, which was why they had held it there in years past.

Mar-a-Lago has faced growing scrutiny from supporters of Trump's "buy American, hire American" agenda because of its recent requests for foreign workers. "We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years", Cleveland Clinic said. "It has become increasingly clear that the challenge to those values is outweighing other business considerations".

The Cleveland Clinic says it will pull an annual fundraiser from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after all. The local group has held "Renaissance Dinner" galas at Mar-a-Lago every year since at least 2008.

A spokesman for The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts said that as of Thursday afternoon, officials had not changed their minds.

The event has raised $700,000 to $1 million annually to expand programs and purchase equipment for the hospital's Florida facility. The foundation declined further comment. No good charity wants to risk their good name by being associated in the minds of the public with Trump's support for racists.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

We don' trust Supreme Court but we will go anyway - Raila Odinga
Odinga speaks at a news conference at the offices of the National Super Alliance coalition in Nairobi on Wednesday. Outrage is growing however over police brutality and use of excessive force during the crackdown on protesters.

2nd man arrested in officer's shooting death
Michael, 37, was shot to death late Sunday night after stopping a motorist for driving without headlights. Investigators have said it's possible that other people helped McCarthy by giving him a ride or clothes.

Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool would have benefited from early transfer window closure'
He's my teammate and I'm close to him because I've played with him for a number of years. When asked again about Coutinho, Klopp sought to draw a line under the matter.

China increases economic pressure on North Korea
North Korea responded that it was ready to aim a missile at the American territory Guam, but it has since suspended the operation.

Korea not 'imminent' - Central Intelligence Agency chief
The value of North Korea's exports are down 13 per cent so far this year compared to 2016, a fall in value of about €1.5 billion. In response to Trump's threats, Pyongyang has lashed out with its own warnings in a desperate bid to stall any USA attack.

Filipino police kill 32 in drug operation
When asked how no police had been injured during the operations, he replied: "Don't ask me to explain". We should kill another 32 everyday, [then] maybe we can reduce what ails this country", Duterte said .

Amid renewed North Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy
The softened language in Monday's order is the second time in as many weeks that Trump has agreed to changes to ease the potential backlash from China.

Missouri Democratic state senator says she hopes Trump is assassinated
Trump has been widely criticized for blaming " both sides ", including the so-called "alt-left" for contributing to the violence. She also said it was on her personal page , but then again said she shouldn't have put it there in the first place.

Rooney gets Everton off to winning start
You know in the Premier League that if you think you have an easy start then they will make you pay. Stephen Ireland (leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee), are definitely out of Saturday's game.

GoDaddy bans Neo-Nazi site for derogatory article on Charlottesville victim
Since the announcement, a blog post has appeared on the Daily Stormer , claiming the site has been hacked by Anonymous . The post was titled " Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut".

Border after Brexit? UK keen to retain free flow with Ireland
They have also said that if a harder border is required in the future, that will be a decision for Irish officials and the EU. . As things stand, the Common Travel Area will continue as it is, with full and free movement for Irish and British people.

Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 53rd time as President
Trump spent almost his entire transition period in Trump Tower after winning the election, leaving only on rare occasions. Lee, like many who protested outside of Trump Tower on Monday, said he does not think Trump is fit to be president.

IPhone 8 size leak helps create the most accurate mock-up yet
Interestingly, though, most rumours and mock-ups point to a vertically mounted array, with one lens above the other. That's way bigger than the 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 7, and even the 5.5-inch panel used on the iPhone 7 Plus .

3 dead in stabbing attacks in Finland, Germany
The assault occurred in the Puutori-Market Square area. "People are advised to leave the centre of Turku ". Laura Laine told Finnish broadcaster YLE: "We heard that a young woman was screaming".

Uptick in Atlantic tropical systems may continue as new features bear watching
August and September are the typically the months when we begin to see a tropical storm or hurricane nearly every other week. The storm will likely continue to develop as it moves west across the Caribbean into the middle of next week.


More News

News
More News