John D. Rockefeller's Dinner to publicize Alcoholics Anonymous

 "By 1940, we had begun to see that the A.A. book should belong to our society as a whole," relates Bill. "If the Foundation could acquire the outstanding shares, the book could be placed in trust for A.A. as a whole." — Bill W. AA Co-Founder

John D. Rockefeller's Dinner to Publicize Alcoholics Anonymous

  John D. Rockefeller, Jr. arranges a dinner at the exclusive Union Club (below) to publicize Alcoholics Anonymous. John D. had intended to attend; but he was too ill to do so and sent his son Nelson Rockefeller to host the dinner. Because Rockefeller believes that A.A. should be self-supporting, and this is understood by the guests, no money is solicited or raised. Nevertheless, Rockefeller sees to it that the event receives favorable and widespread publicity. Within a month, small donations trickle in from members, slightly easing the financial difficulty faced by A.A. during this early period.

Union Club, New York City

The Year

1940

February 8th

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