Although President Donald Trump’s private resort Mar-a-Lago used to regularly host pricey charity galas, they have been increasingly steering clear of the club ever since Trump’s election.
The Washington Post reports that “in recent weeks, seven nonprofits — all repeat customers of the president’s club — have announced their decisions to avoid Mar-a-Lago next winter, during the social season when Palm Beach life revolves around lavish parties for charity.”
It seems that a lot of the reason for the charities’ absence is the increased security requirements needed to host events at the resort, and the chairman of one charity tells the post that using Mar-a-Lago to host galas has become too much of a “hassle” to be worth it.
The result is what might be the slowest season for charity events in the clubs history, which the Post claims could cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
Making matters worse, it seems that many of these charities are instead going to the Breakers, a rival luxury resort in Palm Beach that Trump once mocked for getting “the leftovers” among charity gala events, while Mar-a-Lago retained the top patrons.
“Besides the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced it would move its gala to The Breakers,” the Post writes. “The cancer charity, which had held its ball at Mar-a-Lago for seven straight years, had faced internal pressure from staff and patients who objected to Trump’s proposed travel restrictions.”
Despite all this, however, Mar-a-Lago might not miss these charities’ business that much, as the club jacked up its initiation fees for new members to $200,000 per person this year and saw a year-over-year earnings increase of 25 percent in its most recent financial report.