Another Palm Beach, Florida, charity announced Saturday that it was canceling plans to hold a gala at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club – the ninth to cancel a big-ticket charity event at the club this week.
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a charity focused on the ritzy island’s architectural landmarks, had planned to hold a dinner dance at Mar-a-Lago next March. The foundation was a new customer for Trump’s club, and a potentially lucrative one: It spent $244,000 on rent and food on a previous gala at another site, according to tax filings.
But on Saturday, the foundation said it would find another venue.
“Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance,” Amanda Skier, the foundation’s executive director, said in a written statement. She did not say which new venue the foundation would use.
That decision meant that Trump’s club had lost nine of the 16 galas or dinner events that it had been scheduled to host during next winter’s social “season” in Palm Beach. At least two other groups have also canceled charity luncheons there this week.
(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Drew Harwell, David A. Fahrenthold