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‘Humanitarian Crisis’ Update

Posted on | September 17, 2022 | No Comments

By now you know the story: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent a planeload of 50 illegal immigrants from Venezuela to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, the island vacation resort where Barack Obama and other wealthy elites have private beachfront mansions. The affluent liberals of Martha’s Vineyard freaked out, and had the governor send in the National Guard to round up the Venezuelans and ship them off to a military base on Cape Cod. Hypocrisy exposed, mission accomplished.

During this comic escapade, however, an appeal showed up on GoFundMe, soliciting funds to address the “humanitarian crisis” in Martha’s Vineyard. Mia Cathell reports on who was behind that appeal:

The ultra-wealthy elites of Martha’s Vineyard launched a GoFundMe fundraiser over the island’s “humanitarian crisis” of (*finger-counts*) 50 migrants sent ashore by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). That’s right. The trust fund babies and Old Money socialites on Martha’s Vineyard, a well-known magnet for millionaires, CEOs, and celebrities, were soliciting online donations from middle-class Americans on the crowdfunding platform.
As of Friday afternoon, the affluent community’s “urgent plea” has raised over $42,000. The proceeds are benefiting the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation (MVCF) whose mission includes putting “charitable contributions to work for the people of Martha’s Vineyard by making grants that address community priorities” and “dispersing emergency response funding during extreme times of need.” MVCF builds and invests its endowment to “provide continued resources for enhance[ing] and preserving the quality of life on the Vineyard.”
MVCF is the permanent endowment for Martha’s Vineyard and has grown to assets under management of over $14 million dollars, according to its financials page. MVCF’s current causes accepting monetary gifts include the Climate Action Fund, which backs projects “that address the effects of climate change on the Island; the Islanders Write festival, a free event where authors come together “for robust conversation about the art, craft and business of writing;” and the Diversity Coalition Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to “eradicat[ing] racism,” understanding “the barriers that prevent equal rights for all,” and “ultimately eliminate inequality and injustice.”
In addition to the flow of GoFundMe sympathy cash, MVCF had established a separate Migrant Relief Fund, noting that it’s “concerned about the well[-]being of the migrants who have recently arrived on our island.” . . .
“Martha’s Vineyard is a community of open-hearted individuals that view these migrants as people, not political pawns,” the GoFundMe campaign’s description read overnight, right before the “immigrant-friendly,” welcoming “sanctuary destination” quickly bid adieu Friday morning to the dozens of migrants within a 48-hour period.
The companion Migrant Relief Fund’s caption was updated to note that the “immigrant visitors” were just that—passersby. Of course, the MVCF was sure to emphasize that the visiting migrants “expressed enormous gratitude for the outpouring of support and generosity shown by the Island community, which was heartfelt and overflowing.” Then the MVCF vowed to “make every attempt to stay connected” with the group of migrants.
The fundraiser’s organizer, New York communications consultant Sarah Goulet, claimed the resort community “faces a shortage of affordable housing,” although dissidents in the island’s Facebook groups have called out their fellow liberals for not practicing what they preach by refusing to offer up their multiple summer rentals, which remain vacant most of the year. . . .
A quick Google search on Goulet shows her family’s four-bedroom, $1.6 million-plus Martha’s Vineyard home sitting on almost four secluded acres within walking distance of a 1,300-ft private association beach. . . .
Last year, Vineyard Haven, where the Goulet family residence is, was named the most expensive town in America, even beating Los Angeles, according to a 2021 analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by LendingTree.
During the 2020 presidential race, Goulet donated six times to the campaign of Vice President Kamala Harris. She’s a frequent contributor to ActBlue, a left-wing funding vehicle for progressive groups and candidates.
Goulet, a graduate of Brown University, owns her own namesake public relations and marketing company, offering strategic communications and media relations for fine art, design, and luxury brands. Her father is the owner of a commercial millwork manufacturer in Denver while her mother, also an Ivy League alumna, is a prominent and acclaimed appellate lawyer, serving as a partner at the prestigious law firm Holland & Hart.
Her husband from pricey Manhattan Beach, California, is a correspondent for GQ magazine and the author of two books. He proposed to Goulet on the beach below the family’s property and the two married in the summer of 2018, catching the attention of The New York Times, which published a profile on the wedding venue.
At the appointment-only Mark Ingram Atelier premier bridal salon, Goulet received an Italian textured silk dress from Milan-based designer Peter Langner. Before the outdoor meadow ceremony, guests were treated to Aperol spritzes and a raw bar, according to wedding blog site Over The Moon. A string quartet serenaded along with a premiere private brand whose vocalists have been featured on “American Idol,” “The Voice,” and “The X Factor.”
These are the class of people making more than six figures in this inflation-ravaged economy but want your money to solve their so-called “humanitarian crisis,” one that’s derived from a very real crisis at America’s border. It’s a worsening situation they didn’t care about until it directly affected them—when there’s trouble in paradise.

So, Ms. Goulet went to Brown University (annual cost of attendance, $80,986 including room and board), while her husband went to Duke University (annual cost of attendance, $81,220 including room and board), and these rich elitists can’t stand the thought of illegal immigrants spoiling their beloved Martha’s Vineyard.

Oh, but they’ve got their ready-made excuse — there’s a “shortage of affordable housing” on the island where Ms. Goulet’s family owns a four-bedroom $1.6-million home on four acres. That’s why they want to put the illegal aliens somewhere else, someplace far away from their own beachfront vacation homes. Not that they’re hypocrites, you see, it’s just that darned “affordable housing” shortage on the island.

You can click here to read all about Sarah Goulet’s wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, with an eight-piece band playing at the reception.




 

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