Melania TrumpA new report about her alleged assault is debunked by the actress. Non-nonprofit activity!
The 51-year old former First Lady, is currently selling tickets to an April event in Naples Florida. This event coincides with the launch her new line NFTs and an online auction of a particular white hat she wore while in the White House. Donald Trump.
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The event, which is set to take place on April 9, is a “high tea” fundraiser for a charity called Fostering the Future, but according to reports coming out now, that charity apparently doesn’t exist! Per People, charity organizers claim the April event is supposed to be an initiative to “grant computer science scholarships to those aging out of the foster care system.”
The fete is part of Melania’s ongoing and infamous “Be Best” campaign for children. The high tea afternoon itself is set to be called “Tulips and Topiaries,” which, uhhh, OK.
Below is a press release about the event that highlighted the positives it has for potential donors and attendees.
“[It is] a once-in-a-lifetime experience — an afternoon of Sophisticated elegance set in elaborate, lush floral gardens designed to inspire giving, hope, possibility, and dreams.”
Melania is prominently featured as a “special guest” at the event. She’s so featured, in fact, that attendees can “upgrade to a meet and greet opportunity with Mrs. Trump” if they wish to drop a little more coin to get their proverbial foot in the door!
The press release and event website notes that tickets are going for $3,000 for individuals, and $50,000 for “10-person VIP tables.” Attendees can also place bids on Melania’s aforementioned white hat, raising funds for the charity as they try to grab a piece of presidential history.
Along with the upgrade option to get an audience with Melania herself, the event’s release notes that there will be some food options for the fundraisers, as well:
“Guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres alongside tea and bubbles.”
Yeah, for $3,000, those better be some f**king GREAT hors d’oeuvres!
It’s all in the title!
Anyways, here’s where the real controversy kicks in: not only is there no indication of how much money raised at the event will go towards Fostering The Future, the New York Times reported over the weekend that NO ORGANIZATIONS with that name, or the name “Be Best,” exist in the Sunshine State! Uhhhh???
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As is the case with every state, Florida has strict requirements regarding legal hoops groups must clear before they can raise money for charity. However, there are some important things. Times couldn’t find any legit organization listed by either one of those names!
It seems as though the state might be focusing on the discrepancy to see if there’s a charity element. A spokesperson for Florida’s Consumer Services DivisionThe monitoring of fundraising and charity donations was the responsibility of the person in charge. Times that the agency is now “investigating the event and whether it involves an entity that is in violation of any laws.”
FWIW, Melania took to TwitterShe shared her thoughts on the situation on Saturday night. According to the former First Lady, she was actually working alongside the Bradley Impact Fund on the event’s planning and fundraising, and that’s why the charity names never popped up in a search:
“Dishonest reporting at it again. All documents have been filed and everything has been done legally. Please be aware of the potential for corruption in media. We are working w/Bradley Impact Fund, a Donor-Advised Fund, to select charities that will receive the donations to foster children.”
It Could well be that Melania’s fundraising attempt is legit here, of course. Maybe it is.
But considering the Trump family’s notoriously awful history with charities and nonprofits, it’s all too understandable that the New York TimesI would be skeptical about this!!
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