Another charity cancels event at Mar-a-Lago


Another charity cancels event at Mar-a-Lago

The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and the American Friends of Magen David Adom all separately announced Thursday that they were canceling planned 2018 events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort in the wake of the president's Charlottesville response, ABC News reported.

Doctors, nurses and medical students of the hospital had signed a public letter earlier this year objecting to Mar-a-Lago given President Trump's plans to cut funding of medical research and other policies.

But for months, the Cleveland Clinic said it was sticking with Mar-a-Lago.

This came on the heels the president's remarks about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests, which turned violent, and deadly when a vehicle rammed counter-protesters caused many injuries and the death of a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer.

On Monday, Kenneth Fraizer, CEO of Merck & Co., stepped down from Trump's American Manufacturing Council.

"After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in 2018", the medical group said in a statement.

AFMDA, which is Israel's national ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, also said that it had decided not to hold its 2018 gala at Mar-a-Lago "after considerable deliberation".

The event raised $700,000 this year, according to town records, with the proceeds used to buy equipment for the Palm Beach Police Department, help its officers and families when they are in need, and provide scholarships for officers' children.

Trump's remarks prompted business executives to distance themselves from his administration.

Almost 550 people visited the hospital's February fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, where the theme was "Reflections of Versailles". Now it's looking for a new location. However, as recently as last week Sheil told the publication that the fundraiser was not political and the Cleveland Clinic still meant to hold the gala at the Trump resort.

View, from the lawn, of the entrance to the ballroom on the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida.

The hospital network did not say why it was cancelling its event.

Mar-a-Lago declined to comment. That order caused one of the organization's first-year internal medicine residents to be detained and forced to return to Saudi Arabia because her visa was issued in Sudan, one of the countries on Trump's list.