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Mar-a-Lago Top Venue for NPOs, Despite Anti-Trump Sentiment

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The entrance of Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida, Jan. 22, 2005 (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

By    |   Monday, 26 Dec 2016 12:11 PM

Despite threats to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's businesses by those appalled at his behavior, many of his political opponents continue to frequent his establishments, The Washington Post reports.

The newspaper used Trump's Palm Beach home at Mar-a-Lago, where he is currently vacationing, as an example, saying that the club's rentable venues are booked solid for the area's charity season from December through March.

It can cost as much as $300,000 to host a big gala at Mar-a-Lago, and the venue must be reserved at least a year in advance.

"I'm sure some of the charities are getting pushback because of holding their events there," Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel, whose district includes Mar-a-Lago, told the Post. "But I didn't go because it was Mar-a-Lago. I went to support the cause."

Even groups that expressed concerned about continuing to have events there following the release of a video from a decade ago in which Trump brags about forcing himself on women have reportedly not cancelled their events.

However, not everyone agrees with this attitude. Nonprofit Quarterly editor Ruth McCambridge insists holding events there "sends signals. Nothing in these times is apolitical. Organizations whose missions are threatened by some of Trump's positions need to think about that."

National Women's Health Network executive director Cindy Pearson agreed, saying that "Trump can't be separated from his brand, and holding an event at Mar-a-Lago is giving money to Trump himself… I mean, come on, there's got to be another place that's as much fun as Mar-a-Lago for an event [in Palm Beach]."

Although other venues exist in the area, most do not hold enough people for these type of large events.

Palm Beach Habilitation Center president and chief executive Tina Philips said Mar-a-Lago is "the best venue in this county" and that she's "not hearing any backlash" for holding an event there, in fact insisting that "we believe our attendance will be way up this year, because we're having it on Presidents' Day in the president's house."

Even some major Clinton backers say the place should not be boycotted in order not to harm charities. Boston financier Howard Kessler and his wife, Michele, own an estate in Palm Beach and are long-time Clinton supporters.

Kessler wrote a letter to the editor in the Palm Beach Daily News saying that "when it comes to events for charity… we don't let party affiliation influence our decision to help others."

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Despite threats to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's businesses by those appalled at his behavior, many of his political opponents continue to frequent his establishments, The Washington Post reports.
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