Released on: October 19, 2008, 4:43 pm

Press Release Author: GOAL USA

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: Join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of GOAL in the
USA at our annual New York Ball in Cipriani.



Cipriani, Wall Street, New York City
November 7, 2008

New York, October 2008 EUR" GOAL (www.goalusa.org), an Irish-based non-governmental
organization dedicated to the alleviation of suffering amongst the poorest of the
poor and most vulnerable in our world - those who live on less than $1 a day.

GOAL was founded 31 years ago by Irish Journalist, John OEUR(tm) Shea. GOAL has been at
the forefront of the international response to practically every major man-made or
natural disaster worldwide and has been working for the past 31 years, spending over
$795 million throughout 50 developing countries, all on an exceptionally low
administrative cost.

The 20th Annual GOAL Ball will be hosted by former number 1 tennis player, Mats
Wilander and will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 7,
2008. The black-tie fundraiser begins with a champagne cocktail reception with
passed hors dEUR(tm)oeuvres followed by a 3-course meal. Guests will enjoy an open bar
from 7:30pm until late, live music, a live auction and a full casino. Last yearEUR(tm)s
ball was a record-breaking night, celebrating GOALEUR(tm)s 30th year of operation and
raising a phenomenal one million dollars. The live auction alone raised $358,000
with dinner guests bidding on items ranging from a South African Safari to a Wine
Tasting Holiday in Italy and an exclusive one-of-a-kind Marc Jacobs bag.

Afterwards, guests dug deep for the EURSpecial CauseEUR(tm) of the evening: GOALEUR(tm)s Housing
Project in Uganda. The auction-style round of bidding raised enough money to build
40 houses for HIV/AIDS affected and vulnerable families. We are pleased to announce
that in just one year, 570 houses have already been built. The effect on the
community has been immediate: the protection, support and improved living conditions
is providing a lifeline to children in Uganda, many of whom are being given the
training and skills to plan for a better future. This years EURSpecial CauseEUR(tm) has yet
to be announced but organizers will say it involves EURwater, health and children.EUR(tm)

Since its inception, GOAL has rescued over 100,000 children from a life of abuse and
misery on the streets of Calcutta. In Uganda, GOAL is currently constructing or
upgrading 2,000 houses for orphaned children and vulnerable families. GOAL is
currently providing assistance to 22,000 orphans and vulnerable children in the
Makoni District through support for their schools, as well as training for farmers
in conservation farming techniques and crop handling. GOAL is currently targeting
300 schools in slum areas in India providing them with clean water and latrines,
which will greatly improve conditions for over 120,000 school children.

GOAL believes that every human being has the right to the fundamentals of life:
food, water, shelter, health care and literacy. People are dying for want of those
basic rights in the developing world. GOALEUR(tm)s mission is to respond quickly and
efficiently with emergency supplies in a disaster situation.

About John OEUR(tm) Shea
John OEUR(tm) Shea is the founder and chief executive of GOAL, for 24 years OEUR(tm) Shea worked
as a sports reporter with the Irish Press Group. In 1977 he established GOAL as a
humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor in the
developing world. Until 1992 OEUR(tm)Shea combined his roles as journalist and volunteer
Chief Executive of GOAL before retiring from journalism to concentrate his energies
full-time on GOAL. Apart from offering practical assistance to the poor, GOAL also
advocates on their behalf convincing the international community to honor its
obligations to the poor. In addition to being anti-bureaucratic, GOAL is a
non-political, non-denominational agency putting all its energies into one objective
EUR" to relieve the suffering of the poorest of the poor.

O'Shea's list of achievements and awards include: the People of the Year 1987 and
1992, The Ballygowan Outstanding Achievement Award 1988, Publicity Club of Ireland
Communications Award 1990, MIR Award 1992, Citizen of the Year EUR" Dun Laoghaire 1992,
Association of Tennis Professionals EUR" Humanitarian of the Year 1993, Late Late Show
Tribute 1995, Texaco Outstanding Achievement Award 1995 and the Tipperary
International Peace Award 2004.

OEUR(tm) Shea also received the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2005, and an
honorary doctorate from the Open University in May 2007. John OEUR(tm)Shea is also an
honorary member of the UCD Medical Society.

In 2008, OEUR(tm) Shea received an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University in 2008
for his devotion to the fight against corruption and human rights abuses being
practiced by most governments of the developing world.

All proceeds from the ball will go towards GOALEUR(tm)s work in the Developing World.
GOAL USA is registered in the US as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and
contributions are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

For further information please contact Alexandra Boardley, For The Perfect Day! via
e-mail at fortheperfectday@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.goalusa.org

Contact Details: Alexandra Boardley
For The Perfect Day!
77 East Johnson Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

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