Psychic fundraisers: How low can you go to raise money?

Psychic readings as fundraisers have become a common thing, I’ve noticed. But does anyone find this one particularly disturbing? I sure do.

Psychic readings benefit NORWESCAP at annual fair | NJ.com.

The 9th Annual Holistic and Psychic Fair to benefit NORWESCAP Career & Life Transitions Center for Women (CLTC) will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Clinton Holiday Inn. The Holistic and Psychic Fair is this crucial community program’s key fundraising event. The center assists women from Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer counties who are returning to the workforce after the death or disability of a spouse or following a divorce or separation.

Holistic and Psychic Fair attendees can sign up for private readings with 13 readers and mediums who will be using tarot cards, angel cards, palmistry, numerology, astrology, psychometry, shaman healing, clairvoyant, psychic intuitive, and crystal and stone readings. A variety of 25 unique holistic crafters and vendors will also be on site offering a wide array of products for sale including jewelry, crystals and healing stones, angel decorations, herbal and organic products, and essential oils.

Disgustingly ironic. The charity is a center for women who may have recently lost a spouse or has gone through a VERY difficult time in life. And they are encouraging people to spend money on this NONSENSE that exploits people’s emotions? Magic stones don’t heal broken hearts. This “fair” is a buffet of false hope and worthless trinkets. While the cause is a good one, for sure, this is the absolute WRONG thing to promote.

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  3 comments for “Psychic fundraisers: How low can you go to raise money?

  1. October 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I am a professional tarot reader/psychic ( yes there are such things)
    I have worked on missing persons cases, volunteered My services to those
    in need on many occasions.
    Now not every Reader is legitimate. Not everyone believes in psychics or
    Reiki or the use of crystals, but IF it’s raising money for a worthy cause
    does it matter? Who is spending the money? Not those who will benefit from
    any funds raised, so again I ask Does it matter HOW the money is raised?
    What may be worthless to one, may indeed be a treasure to another.
    As long as the bulk of the money goes where it’s needed, I say so be it.
    Blessings!

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Yes, it matters! There is no good evidence to suggest that any of that is legitimate. It has no mechanism or body of data that has been persuasive to the scientific community after a century of trying!

      We point you to a million dollar challenge. But more than that, if you have such an ability, it NEEDS to be demonstrated under certain conditions to show the world it is legitimate. But, it has never been demonstrated. To say you have such an ability just because you believe it to be so is worthless as evidence.

      Please note this is a science-based site so we ask for references and evidence.

  2. Greg
    October 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Yes it is a concern. These organizations are looking to bring in people and are only trying to appeal to popular public notions. A good portion of people believe in this type of nonsense. Unfortunately as a result of organizations trying to offer events that get as many people as possible to fund their cause or join them in a worthwhile endeavor, they are also to some degree lending legitimacy to something that should not be promoted. A library, school, or government entity should really try to distance itself from these types of scams. It is a sad statement thought that they are only offering what the public wants, right or wrong.

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