More than $130,000 was raised at the annual GOAL U.S. Ball in New York’s Gotham Hall on Friday, November 11th last. The donations will go towards the Irish aid organization’s programs in the developing world.

The annual event was attended by more than 300 guests who enjoyed gourmet dinner, a silent auction, casino, musical entertainment and dancing into the small hours.

Enough money was raised to allow GOAL to build three new schools in some of the poorest and most vulnerable Haitian and Honduran communities, thus providing access to education for hundreds of children, and empowering the communities in which they live.

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“On behalf of GOAL, I would also like to thank all our friends and supporters, the guests who gave so generously, the committee members, our sponsors and the volunteers, caterers who made it an unforgettable evening,” said GOAL USA’s James Kelly.

“Without their help and assistance, the evening would not have been as enjoyable and successful as it was,” Kelly added.

Founded by John O’Shea, GOAL spends millions every year implementing relief and development programs across the developing world, ensuring that those affected by humanitarian crises and poverty have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life, such as, food, water, shelter, medical attention and literacy.