Bethesda Hospital Foundation 18th organization to cancel event at Mar-a-Lago

Boynton Beach, Fla.-based Bethesda Hospital Foundation, which owns Bethesda Health also in Boynton Beach, pulled its annual Women of Grace luncheon from President Donald Trump's estate at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 24, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The foundation marks the 18th charity to cancel events at the resort following President Trump's remarks about recent violence in Charlottesville, Va.

A spokesperson for the foundation told the Chicago Tribune, "We did change the venue. It just took a long time because we had a lot of people to meet with."

The spokesperson did not specify why the foundation elected to move its event and referred the publication to a second spokesperson, who did not immediately respond to the Chicago Tribune's requests for comment, according to the report.

The organization has held its Women of Grace luncheon at Mar-a-Lago for the past four years. The event was also one of the most lucrative for the resort, with organizers spending at least $95,000, the report states.

The Chicago Tribune estimates the canceled events account for more than $1.7 million in lost revenue for the estate.

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