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CHRISTIAN CENTURY, October 22, 1941
HOLD CLEVELAND DINNER
Oct. 7.- Perhaps the strangest testimonial dinner ever held
in this city took place Sunday evening. Nine hundred persons,
all of them formerly addicted to drink, paid tribute to
a former New York broker and an Akron physician who together
started the movement known as "Alcoholics Anonymous."
Also honored were the women who introduced them and the
first convert to the movement. So carefully guarded were
the names of the participants that none appeared in news
accounts. It was revealed that 16 northern Ohio groups were
represented, that there are now approximately 6,000 members
throughout the country, and that Greater Cleveland alone
has 1,400 members who meet weekly in 18 units.
leaders claim neither religious sanctions nor reform motives.
Their success is based upon anonymity and upon the ideas
that every confirmed alcoholic wants to quit drinking and
feels a strong bond with other victims of the liquor habit.
Each reformed drinker helps himself by locating and assisting
another alcoholic to abstain completely.