- Alexandra Clough Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The Trumpettes’ Mar-a-Lago gala celebrating the president’s first year in office is all but sold out, 11 days after the Post first reported the event.
Organizer Toni Holt Kramer, the founder of the booster club for President Donald Trump, said guests are flying in from all over the world to attend the Jan. 18 Red White & Blue celebration. The party will be held at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s part-time Palm Beach home and private club, two days before the anniversary of Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration.
Holt Kramer, an ardent Trump backer, said the event has sold in excess of 600 tickets, prompting her to hold back on further sales while she awaits about 40 checks on pledged purchases.
Holt Kramer said The Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom can hold up to 700 people, and that’s it. Therefore, she said she is being careful not to oversell the event.
Guests are flying in from all over the world, including four from Australia, two from Uruguay, two or three from Japan and “people from almost every state of the union,” Holt Kramer said.
The response has “exceeded my expectations,” Holt Kramer said. “I knew there would be a lot of people, but I figured it would take almost three months to sell it. I didn’t think we would do it in 11 days.”
At $300 a ticket, Holt Kramer said it’s not just millionaires and billionaires who will be in attendance, although plenty of them will be there, with some buying multiple tables.
Holt Kramer said she’s received ticket requests from people who have asked her to hold their tickets until they receive their next paycheck. She said she’s honoring the requests.
Demand for tickets is so heavy, Holt Kramer said, organizers have stopped responding to inquiries. But Holt Kramer she said she may start a waiting list in the event guests drop out or cannot attend.
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.
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.
Holt Kramer attributed the response to the people’s “love for our president … I have never been so sure in my life that our president has brought together ‘we the people.’ “
In fact, many of the checks Holt Kramer received were accompanied by letters thanking her for coming up with the party idea, she said.
Holt Kramer said sales have moved so fast, she hasn’t even finished ordering formal invitations for the gala. “But I’m going to order 50 to 100 just to have it,” Holt Kramer said. “And I want to send one to the president.”