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.

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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.

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