March 16, 2011

Luncheon at The Mar-a-Lago Club

Last Wednesday, I travelled to Palm Beach, Florida, where I attended the American Humane Association’s (AHA) luncheon at Donald Trump’s The Mar-a-Lago Club.  I was very honored to be presented with the National Humanitarian Medal for my advocacy of animal care and protection.  The AHA is a wonderful organization that protects the most vulnerable among us and is true to the ideals – safety, shelter, and protection – that I try to advance in my life and work.

Mar-a-Lago is a lavish 126-room villa built by Marjorie Merriweather Post, (Post Cereals) upon 20 sprawling acres, completed in 1927.  It was designed in the Morrish-Mediterranean style and this very ornate structure took nearly four years to build.  After Post’s death in 1973, Mar-a-Lago was transferred to the federal government to use as a diplomatic/presidential retreat.  However, because it is surrounded by water, security was nearly impossible.  In 1985 Donald Trump purchased the estate and began a major restoration project, maintaining the property’s historic and architectural integrity.  Today, Mar-a-Lago is an exclusive private club.

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Photos By Martha Stewart @marthastewart and Eliad Laskin @joemartha