Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cleveland Clinic Will Pull Event from Mar-a-Lago Resort

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cleveland Clinic Will Pull Event from Mar-a-Lago Resort

Article excerpt

COLUMBUS, Ohio * A leading U.S. hospital pulled its annual fundraiser from President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, reversing course after initially resisting pressure from health professionals and others over the president's support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal budget dollars to medical research.

The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold the event there after "careful consideration" of a number of issues, with a spokeswoman adding only that the deliberations were "all encompassing."

Spokeswoman Eileen Sheil had said last week that the event was not political and that donors and executives discussed it and agreed Mar-a-Lago met the organization's needs.

The fundraiser has raised $700,000 to $1 million annually to expand programs and buy equipment for the hospital's Florida facility. …

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