Two more organizations have pulled upcoming events scheduled to take place at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., following his controversial statements following violence incited by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last week.
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and MorseLife both joined a growing list of nonprofits abandoning the President’s club, according to the Palm Beach Post. A total of 19 organizations have pulled events — many within the last week, according to the Post.
“We have an unyielding commitment to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world,” said Andrew Aiken, Palm Beach Zoo CEO and president, in a statement. “After thoughtful consideration by Zoo leadership, we have decided it is important that we not allow distractions to deter us from our mission and culture.”
The zoo moved its 2018 annual gala, where about 400 guests “mingle with wildlife,” from Mar-a-Lago.
MorseLife, a senior care organization, will not hold its annual luncheon at the club for the first time in a decade, according to the Post. The organization did not give a reason for the move.
Organizations like Salvation Army, American Red Cross, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society all pulled their events from the venue this week after Trump appeared to defend people who marched in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend. The event turned deadly when Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal protesting racism, was killed when an alleged white nationalist drove into a crowd of counter-protesters. Two officers in a state helicopter were killed when the…
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