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Release Date: May 16, 2014
Public Invited to June 27 Grand Opening Celebration
Cayce/Miller Café and Newly Renovated
Cayce Hospital Building
Virginia Beach, Va.: Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) has, for
more than 80 years, highlighted it’s history’s major milestones during its annual “Membership
Congress” week in June of every year. This year, the tradition will continue with the grand
opening of the Cayce/Miller Café and upgrades to their holistic Health Center & Spa in the
newly renovated Cayce Hospital building on Friday, June 27, from 2 - 5 p.m. Free and open to
the public, tours of the renovated facilities, including the new Don and Nancy de Laski
Education Center (home to Atlantic University, the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage, and the
Edgar Cayce Foundation) and the debut of the “Stairway to Heaven,” which is being created
between the Education Center and the Cayce Hospital building, will be held from 2 - 3 p.m.
From 3:30 - 4 p.m., a program reviewing the accomplishments and exciting plans for the future
of the organization will include presentations by Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr and
Kevin J. Todeschi, the executive director and CEO of the Cayce work worldwide. Light
refreshments will follow the program from 4 - 5 p.m. The program will be live-streamed over
A.R.E.’s popular YouTube channel and broadcast to A.R.E. supporters around the globe.
“We have already raised all but $150,000 of the $2 million necessary for the Hospital building
renovations,” said Todeschi. “With additional improvements planned for the campus, we remain
committed to our mission of providing individuals from all walks of life with tools for personal
empowerment and healing at all levels — body, mind, and spirit.”
Other key historic milestones include A.R.E.’s 1956 Congress, which celebrated the repurchase of
the Cayce Hospital building that had been lost in 1931. During their June 1961 Congress, plans
were approved by the Board of Trustees for the construction of a new building to “house and
facilitate activities now limited by cramped quarters.” That cinderblock building became known
as the Wynne Press Building. It was expanded twice—in 1966 and in 1968—before becoming a
part of the Don and Nancy de Laski Education Center in 2012. In 1966, plans were
first discussed for the “Edgar Cayce Memorial Library.” The building under consideration was to
be a one-story structure, made up of five interconnecting circles and a domed roof. That design
was later set aside for the three-story Visitor Conference Center that exists today.
As part of its CREATE Campaign—publicly launched in 2012—A.R.E. has raised over $5 million for
on-campus projects, including upgrades to the Gibbons House that is used for Wellness Weeks
throughout the year and summer day camps for kids. You can join the celebration of these
amazing and historic changes and learn how they will help with future growth of the Cayce
Work online at EdgarCayce.org/GrandOpening. Guests can choose to view the program from a
tent on the labyrinth, via live-stream in the new Café, in the main auditorium of the Visitor
Center, or from the comfort of their own home. For more information about the project or to
make a donation, visit EdgarCayce.org/CREATE.
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, Health Center and Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage, 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, please visit EdgarCayce.org.