Safari Night Ball at Mar-a-Lago featured ‘the sweetest Trump’ and it wasn’t Melania


Cheetah prints roamed Mar-a-Lago's grand ballroom for the Young Adventurers' Safari Night Ball on Friday. 

After 10 years, the non-profit organization, focused on mentoring young adults, returned to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for its main fundraising event. 

"Every time we walk through the door, it's like we never left," Elizabeth Trump-Grau, the president's sister, said. She served as honorary chairwoman for the ball. Her husband Jim, who couldn’t make it to the event, was honorary chairman.

The gala is the organization's main fundraiser and drew more than 250 guests who were hoping to catch a glimpse of the first lady, but according to Terry W. Bomar, the organization's president. Melania Trump left the club before the event to meet her husband in Washington. 

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But guests had plenty to be entertained with including Chinese dancers, a silent auction and live paintings by artist Mark Sotak, of Palm Beach Gardens, a quadriplegic who paints with his mouth. 

Wildlife photographer Laura Crawford Williams signed copies of Wildlife in Wild Lands, a collection of photos 10 years in the making focused on conservation and artist Michael Israel displayed his artwork throughout the room, including two large portraits of the first couple. 

After enjoying cocktails and the entertainment, guests were asked to take a sit for dinner to the beat of rock - thanks to the Justified Jones band. 

Bomar thanked sponsors and attending guests, before thanking the night's honorary chairwoman. 

"This is the sweetest lady," Bomar said as he introduced Trump-Grau. "This is the sweetest Trump." 

"I am the sweetest Trump, that's right," she laughed.


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