Continuing Growth and Accomplishments
Although the evening was a celebration of worldwide accomplishments, several individual Churches of Scientology were specially awarded for their achievements in forwarding the aims of Scientology: A civilisation without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.
The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in Los Angeles was acknowledged as “one of the most active charity groups in the world"—having hosted or contributed in 1,460 events during the previous year alone—an average of four every day of the year. These ranged from the international Lift Every Voice Human Rights Awards to the local Hollywood High School Art Charity, and included virtually every sort of charitable, educational and community activity in between, such as Hollywood Night Out Against Crime, conducted in liaison with the city’s Chamber of Commerce and the Community Police Advisory Board.
Just a few weeks before, Celebrity Centre International also received the California Police Activities League’s “Organisation of the Year” award for its exemplary support of the Los Angeles Police Department’s youth programmes.
Also singled out for special recognition was the Celebrity Centre of London—in acknowledgment of its rapidly growing congregation and contributions to its community. Artists and musicians from the London Celebrity Centre regularly volunteer their time and talents to provide entertainment for the elderly, raise funds for national and local charities, and a host of other community benefit activities. The Centre itself has also grown significantly over the past year and as part of the evening’s celebrations it was announced that the Celebrity Centre of London now has the status of a full Church of Scientology—able to provide all of the religious counselling services and ministerial training courses available at all Churches of Scientology.
A special award was also presented to the Church in Clearwater, host to the event, in recognition of its dedication to parishioners, with more than 1,500 Scientologists from around the world attending services there every week.
The event, attended by more than 3,500 in Clearwater alone, was broadcast to record-breaking audiences in 310 other cities in 101 nations—from Canada to South Africa, and from Argentina to Russia—the largest-ever international audience.
One attendee offered this as a sum-up of the evening: “What you saw at this event was how far we have come and how far we can go in the near future. And a celebration of a vital religion and the man who founded it. The sheer amount of valuable information you get from an evening like this is staggering.”