Release Date: October 16, 2012
International Gala Launches $30 Million Campaign for Cayce Work
Virginia Beach, Va., October 16, 2012: On October 6, 2012, leaders from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. brought together hundreds of key contributors and supporters across 15 countries to kick-off their $30 million CREATE fundraising campaign. This elegant gala was hosted at the Hilton Beachfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va., attended by nearly 300 Cayce fans, and broadcast in real-time across the Internet enabling participation from around the globe. According to Patrick Belisle, A.R.E.'s Development Director, "We raised $230,000 for our programs, buildings, and endowments during the evening. It was a great way to kick-off the public phase of this Campaign." A.R.E.'s CREATE Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to launch Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. into the future by promoting ideals inspired by the Edgar Cayce readings with special emphasis on advancement in the areas of: Construction, Renovation, Employment, Activities, Technology, and Endowments.
The Association for Research and Enlightenment, established more than 80 years ago by Edgar Cayce and led today by Executive Director and CEO Kevin J. Todeschi, has tens of thousands of members spread over 65 countries around the world. According to Todeschi, "Millions of lives have been transformed by the information given in the Cayce readings. The CREATE Campaign will extend the Cayce-inspired message of hope and healing to more people than ever before. It aims to manifest dynamic new programs, facilities, and projects that will impact people around the world by aiding in their physical, mental, and spiritual development."
With nearly $18 million raised already in the Campaign's "quiet phase" and building renovations and construction well underway, the CREATE Campaign is on track to meet its goal of raising $30 million by the end of 2015. For instance, with the help of generous donors, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massotherapy, the Edgar Cayce Foundation, and Atlantic University moved into the newly constructed Don and Nancy de Laski Education Center in September. The 11,000-square-foot, ecofriendly facility is equipped with larger classrooms, new training equipment, and state-of-the-art technology such as Web-enabled "smart boards" in every classroom. The additional space in the new facility allows the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy to accept more people into the program, the Edgar Cayce Foundation to house more historical material, and it provides Atlantic University with the technology required to better support their expanding online training programs.
According to Todeschi, "The [Cayce] Work and information needs to be here for future generations. The fact that this has grown from one man [Edgar Cayce] and his surrounding family to a group of 30,000 [is] truly amazing. The A.R.E. greatly appreciates all of the people who willingly give of their resources, financial or otherwise, to support the continuation of the Cayce ideal." As one CREATE Campaign gala attendee remarked, "A special 'THANK YOU' to all who contributed their talents on the CREATE show: We loved the program! Those of us watching it bonded as a group and made personal commitments to The Work in a way we have not been able to accomplish before." For information about Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. and the CREATE Campaign, visit their website at: EdgarCayce.org/Create or call Patrick Belisle at 757-457-7126.
Edgar Cayce founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries—all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce, who died in 1945. The mission of A.R.E. is simply to help people around the world change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the readings. The Virginia Beach headquarters is a popular site for locals and tourists with free daily lectures, a Health Center and Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massotherapy, an extensive metaphysical library, a meditation garden, a stone labyrinth, and a bookstore and gift shop. Visitors from around the world come to our conferences to hear expert speakers on subjects like ancient mysteries, holistic health, and spiritual development. A.R.E. also maintains an affiliation with Atlantic University. Through its many programs, services, publications, and membership outreach, Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. provides individuals from all walks of life and a variety of religious backgrounds with tools for personal transformation and healing at all levels—body, mind, and spirit. For more information about Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., please visit EdgarCayce.org