Inside look as President Trump attends Red Cross Ball


President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to their Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach this weekend to attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball

The gala has a history at Mar-a-Lago: The estate’s first owner, Marjorie Meriweather Post, hosted the first Red Cross Ball there in 1957. Since then, it has been held at Mar-a-Lago and The Breakers, with Trump playing host several times throughout the years.

Shiny Shots: Browse photos from the Red Cross Ball

As those attending the ball arrived Saturday night, anti-Trump protesters were gathered outside the club, positioned along Southern Boulevard and held behind a temporary barrier by Palm Beach police and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies. 

Event organizers and attendees provided an inside look at the event and its lavish surroundings through social media posts.

Trump briefly addressed a press pool stationed outside the gala before he entered the ball, saying an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling to overturn Trump’s executive order on immigration would succeed. “We’ll win,” he said. “For the safety of the country, we’ll win.”

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One person was able to snap a photo with the president and first lady.

Decorations were silver, gold and crystal, with towering palm tree centerpieces on the some of the tables. Decorator Lennette Campbell posted several photos from inside the dining room.

Red Cross Gala Palm Beach Fl #pretty#white#gold#crystal#flowers#palmbeachfl #fiveomovers #greatjob#mrpresident

A photo posted by Lennette Campbell (@lennettefiveo) on

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One of the evening’s performers, NRG Music and Productions, posted a photo to Instagram of Trump greeting their staffers outside with the caption, “President Trump enjoying our rehearsal for the Red Cross Ball tonight!”

Entertainers and servers at Mar-a-Lago were dressed to fit the night’s theme of “Vienna to Versailles,” with women donning towering wigs and shimmering ball gowns.

Mr Sunshine Eddy Shipek Red Cross Ball Mar A lago Palm Beach Winter White House President Donald Trump

A photo posted by Eddy Shipek (@eddyshipek) on

“D.J. Rue” posted a view of the lavishly decorated dining room over his turntables. Palm tree and candelabra centerpieces can be seen, along with shining tabletops and gold chairs.

Doin' a little somethin' here

A photo posted by DJ RUE (@djrue) on

Ginny Luke, whose Instagram profile says she plays the keyboards and electric violin, posted a short video showing the Red Cross Ball’s decor. 

😳

A video posted by Ginny Luke (@ginnyluke) on

Lingerie designer Rhonda Shear tweeted a selfie from inside her car of her makeup and outfit with the caption, “On the way to the ball!” 

Attendees posted photos as they sipped drinks poolside at the club. 

What a beautiful event #trumpThumbsUp #makeamericagreatagain #mypresident #marlago

A photo posted by Domenic Savides (@domsavides) on

Mr Sunshine Eddy Shipek Red Cross Ball Mar A lago Palm Beach Winter White House President Donald Trump

A photo posted by Eddy Shipek (@eddyshipek) on

Mr Sunshine Eddy Shipek Red Cross Ball Mar A lago Palm Beach Winter White House President Donald Trump

A photo posted by Eddy Shipek (@eddyshipek) on

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