Why this children’s charity chose Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for its ‘Dream Gala’


At least 25 organizations have pulled their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, but a Christian charity supporting children is going the other way.

Orphan’s Promise, a Virginia-based organization affiliated with the Christian Broadcasting Network, will host its inaugural Dream Gala at the president’s club because “a group of major donors” wanted it, according to a statement provided by spokesman Chris Roslan.

“Orphan’s Promise does not endorse or oppose any political figure or candidate,” the statement says.

READ: Keeping track at home? Here’s a list of 25 charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

So who are these donors?

Roslan declined to say, citing an organizational policy not to reveal or discuss any donor or donation. The statement also says that the entire gala is underwritten by the donors, meaning all the money raised will go directly to the group’s 250 children’s projects in 60 countries.

One hint about the choice to go into Mar-a-Lago when others are coming out could come from Christian Broadcasting Network Chairman Pat Robertson.

Also the host of the 700 Club, Robertson has been a staunch Trump supporter since the Republican primaries, endorsing him and having him as a guest on the show.

RELATED: Others fled Trump’s Mar-a-Lago; this group wanted in

Robertson recently made headlines when he said on the show that the Las Vegas shooting happened because of “disrespect for authority,” including disrespect for Trump.

Orphan’s Promise has a staff of 23 people and it helps 100,000 children each year, Roslan said. The gala is scheduled for Feb. 17 and will feature a performance by country star Wynonna Judd.

Seventeen of the 25 charities that pulled out of Mar-a-Lago did so after Trump’s remarks that blamed “many sides” for Charlottesville, Va., violence that killed one and injured 19 in August.

Some local organizations that have moved events include the Palm Beach Zoo, Big Dog Ranch Rescue and the Kravis Center. There also are national groups such as the Red Cross, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society.

A handful of groups remain committed to holding their events at Mar-a-Lago including the Achilles Freedom Team dinner and concert on Nov. 30, the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach speaker event on Dec. 19 and the Palm Beach Police Foundation ball on Jan. 6.

The Truth About Israel,” also announced that it would hold its event at Trump’s club. The pro-Israeli event that is scheduled for Feb. 25 was initially booked for the Boca Raton Resort & Club, but organizers changed to Mar-a-Lago when a spot opened up.



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