- Shelly Darby Daily News Staff Writer
The list keeps growing.
That brings to 21 the number of charities that have decided to leave Mar-a-Lago in recent months, many in the past week. Nineteen of those organizations held events there during the last social season.
The Boca Raton foundation lists a luncheon for January 2018 in Palm Beach as TBA on its website. The group posted this statement today on its Facebook page:
“Unicorn Children’s Foundation is focused on its mission to build communities of acceptance, support and opportunity for children and young adults challenged by special needs and neurodiversity. We are not a political organization and do not condone hatred or bullying on any level as our kids have dealt with the pain of being called different on a very personal level. Due to the political turbulence associated with this choice of venue it would be a disservice to our supporters and our children to hold our event at Mar-a-Lago. We prefer the conversations to be centered off the venue and instead focused on how we can help kids with special needs excel in their communities. Therefore, we have decided that it is in the best interest of the organization and the families we support to not host our fashion show luncheon at Mar-a-Lago. Our hope is that this decision will shift the conversation back to our mission, special needs priorities and the people we serve.”
According to the Daily News’social calendar, the foundation held its 20th anniversary luncheon at Mar-a-Lago in 2014 and Trump was listed as an honorary chairman.