This group is sticking with Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Then-candidate Donald Trump at the 2016 Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner at Mar-a-Lago. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — While 23 charities have decided to move their fundraisers from President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club for the upcoming 2017-18 social season, the Palm Beach County Republican Party plans to return for a sixth straight year.

First lady Melania Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at a VIP reception before the 2017 Lincoln Day dinner in a picture snapped by an attendee.

County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett says the party has booked Mar-a-Lago for March 16 for its annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner.

The party paid Mar-a-Lago about $150,000 for this year’s dinner, which drew about 700 people and raised about $300,000 in March. Trump — who keynoted the 2016 dinner at his club and also showed up in 2014 to introduce “special guy” Ted Cruz — did not attend this year’s dinner. First lady Melania Trump made a brief appearance at a VIP reception, however.

“It’s just a beautiful venue,” Barnett said of Trump’s winter White House. “Everybody loves it. We’ve had great attendance going back to 2013 just because it’s Donald Trump’s house. Our goal was to turn Lincoln Day into an attraction by itself regardless of who the speaker is.”

A 2018 speaker has not yet been announced.

 

 

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