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Mar-a-Lago was hosting wild parties right before the COVID outbreak. And it doesn’t stop.
Instagram’s Mar-a-Lago ClubDonald Trump is addressing a coronavirus outbreak. But that doesn’t mean the parties will stop. On Sunday the club is holding a fundraiser for 500 people for a children’s charity – according to Old Beach with vintage cars, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and “everyone who plays by the pool” broker Valentina Aved, who helped organize the event. The $ 375 party, held by invitation only to benefit Place of Hope, is sold out, Aved says, and no one seems concerned about the outbreak. “It’s going to be a very exciting event. The most beautiful cars, people, good friends, ”she told The Daily Beast. The charity’s Instagram also promised “Hundreds of historic cars on display, live entertainment, a fashion show, brunch, and more!” No coronavirus precautions are mentioned. On the party’s website, reference is made once to “disinfection stations” and “space for social distancing”. The event takes place outdoors after multiple infections forced the club’s dining room and beach venue to close. In an email to members, first reported by the Associated Press, Mar-a-Lago said, “Some of our employees recently tested positive for COVID-19.” However, they promised to take “all appropriate responses.” Affected areas have been redeveloped and some workers have been quarantined, but banquet and event services are still open. View this post on Instagram A post by Valentina Deva (@realtorvalentina) Aved, who is on Instagram by Valentina Deva, told The Daily Beast that two kitchen workers had tested positive. She was in Mar-a-Lago last week during two wildly fundraising drives for a dog charity Big Dog Ranch Rescue, chaired by Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Usually the annual gala draws at least 800 people – almost always in Trump houses – but due to COVID-19, organizers split the event into two bashes of around 500 people over two days. Aved insisted that everyone wear masks and do their best to maintain social distance – “maybe not six feet, but at least three feet apart” – in the Grand Ballroom. But dozens of photos and videos from the event show almost no attendees wearing masks and women screaming and huddling around each other to take pictures In a video from the event posted by Miami philanthropist Angela Bird, a topless male model was walking down a catwalk when a woman without a mask screamed and cheered at nearby tables. The dog show and auction events reportedly grossed $ 1.4 million. Neither Place of Hope, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, nor Mar-a-Lago responded to The Daily Beast’s request to comment on the precautions they were taking. Instagram / Angela Birdman Bird, a member of the charity’s board of directors, told The Daily Beast that she has not yet heard from “a single person who tested positive from attending this event.” She said masks were handed out upon entry and everyone was asked to wear them until they were seated. Lara Trump also took part in the fundraiser. Donald Trump himself showed up halfway and told the crowd that he had heard their loud noises from the golf course and had come to “find out what you are doing,” Aved said. Trump was seen hugging people as a mostly mask-free crowd took photos and sang, “We love you, we love you.” In other videos last week, Melania Trump was seen joining her husband in a dining area, who was bullied by more mask-free guests. The former first family moved to Mar-a -Lago permanently after leaving the White House in January. Donald and Melania were there on Friday preparing for their son Barron’s 15th birthday when the outbreak went public, according to CNN. View this post on Instagram A post by FARRAHABRAHAM (@farrahabraham) View this post on Instagram A post by Vanessa Vinci (@vanessavincistyle) View this post on Instagram A post by @michaelsolakiewicz Aved said she had checked her friends in the light of positive cases of the club. Some had returned to Miami, others to New York, where incoming travelers are supposed to quarantine or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result. Neither of them felt sick, she said. Florida State Democratic MP Omari Hardy urged Palm Beach County to close Mar-a-Lago in January after a New Year’s Eve party there drew hundreds of unmasked partygoers. The county sent the club a stern letter warning that it had violated county codes and could be fined $ 15,000. Hardy said Florida House passed a COVID-19 liability law that will grant immunity to companies like Mar-a-Lago despite irresponsible behavior. He tweeted Friday night, “The workers don’t deserve this.” Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.