President Donald Trump’s fan club is throwing a party in January to celebrate his first year as president — and to support Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, which saw an exodus of private charity events booked for galas this winter season.
The Trumpettes will host a Red, White and Blue Celebration for the first anniversary of Trump’s presidency, to be held Jan. 18 in the Grand Ballroom of Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach, said Toni Holt Kramer, the Trumpette’s founder and an ardent Trump supporter. The party is being held two days before the anniversary of Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.
The Trumpettes started as a group of four wealthy and well-connected women seeking to get Trump elected president back in 2015. It has mushroomed into thousands of supporters nationwide and even throughout the world, leading to numerous television appearances and articles about Holt Kramer and her cause.
Holt Kramer, a former model and Hollywood reporter, said she came up with the party idea after seeing a parade of charities this summer pulling their winter fundraising events from Mar-a-Lago. The exodus followed Trump’s controversial comments following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va. in August.
“I was so heartbroken about people leaving and why they had left,” Holt Kramer said. “It’s very difficult to understand why people would ever mix politics and charity. That is a huge mistake.”
As a member of Mar-a-Lago, Holt Kramer said she’s never felt anything but warmth and kindness while at the club, which she calls “my home.” And she had nothing but praise for Trump, rejecting allegations Trump was racist or bigoted: “That he would even be subject to any ill will is beyond my comprehension.”
Holt Kramer said she’s cognizant of the fact that unlike other Palm Beach clubs, Mar-a-Lago accepted people of all backgrounds, including race and religion, as members. “Bravo for President Trump, who opened the doors for people to be part of a club and have the friends and the camaraderie and the fun,” she said.
While in Los Angeles this summer, Holt Kramer said she watched from afar as charity after charity canceled at Mar-a-Lago.
“So I came up with this idea,” Holt Kramer said.”It’s going to be the first birthday of the presidency.”
Holt Kramer said cocktails, dinner and dancing are slated for the gala. Celebrities will be part of the fun, too, including Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News. Pirro’s appearance is being paid for by philanthropists and Trump supporters Ari Rifkin and Tova Leidesdorf, who both were upset when charities they give money to decided to leave Mar-a-Lago, Holt Kramer said.
In addition to showing support for Trump and Mar-a-Lago, Holt Kramer said she also wanted a way to celebrate “the people who have gone to bat to get him elected.”
Toward that end, Holt Kramer is seeking to make the party accessible. Ticket prices will be $300, considerably less than other events held at the private club. The event is not a fundraiser. Proceeds from the tickets will go toward paying for the event, and if there’s any money left over, she said she’ll donate it to the Palm Beach Police Foundation. Tickets will be available to buy soon on her website, trumpettesusa.com.
Holt Kramer said she does not want to see formal attire, such as tuxedos, at the celebration. Instead, Holt Kramer said guests should wear red, white or blue. “Wear whatever you want, as long as its presentable,” she said. She expects to have the grand ballroom filled with hundreds of guests.
The Trumpettes will be one of many events that will be held at Mar-a-Lago this season, which in the past was home to numerous non-profit galas. Although 21 charities announced this summer the would leave Mar-a-Lago and host their events at other venues, a few charities decided to remain. Holt Kramer said she’ll only give money to those charities.
“I have no intention of supporting charities that left,” Holt Kramer said. “It would be going against my principles.”