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Statement by the American Red Cross on the 61st International Red Cross Ball

WASHINGTON, DC, May 17, 2017 — Like many charities, the American Red Cross holds events each year to raise much-needed funds to support our lifesaving mission. One of these annual events is the International Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach, Florida, which was founded 60 years ago by Marjorie Merriweather Post, who made her home at Mar-a-Lago. This ball has been held at Mar-a-Lago numerous times over the past 60 years, and since 2005, it has been held there every year, with the exception of 2013 and 2014.

The American Red Cross is always guided by our fundamental principles of neutrality and impartiality and, in deciding where to hold the 2018 ball, we made our decision irrespective of politics. We obtained bids for our event, and ultimately chose Mar-a-Lago, because it offered us the best price for a venue of its size in Palm Beach. This will allow us to spend more of the money we raise on the people we serve, and be good stewards of our donor dollars.

The International Red Cross Ball is an annual affair, but our work on the ground is ongoing each and every day, and funds raised at this and other events will allow us to continue our humanitarian mission.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.