Founding family of Cleveland Clinic denounces health system's Mar-a-Lago fundraiser

The Crile family — of Cleveland Clinic Co-founder George Washington Crile, MD — has spoken out against the health system's plan to host a fundraiser at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, STAT reports.

Medical students who oppose President Trump's immigration policies organized a protest over the weekend against the health system's Feb. 25 fundraiser. Dr. Crile's granddaughter, Susan Crile, wrote a letter that was read at the protest. She and eight other family members signed a petition for Cleveland Clinic to denounce the immigration ban, according to the report.

Cleveland Clinic executive director of corporate communications Eileen Sheil told STAT the fundraiser will go on as planned, but that the health system does not currently have any other events planned at the resort. Ms. Sheil previously provided the following statement regarding the fundraiser: "The event in Florida is solely to raise important dollars that support research in cardiac care that can make a difference in caring for patients. We are grateful for the support of our donors."

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