GOAL USA would like to thank our guests and sponsors for making the 2013 GOAL USA Benefit Ball a wonderful occasion and a huge success. The Benefit Ball was held on Friday November 8th at Gotham Hall in New York City, with over 350 guests attending in support of GOAL’s humanitarian work across the globe. Over $200,000 was raised for GOAL programs, this included what was raised during a special appeal for our emergency relief efforts in Syria.
Our guest speaker, actor Jack Gleeson, who plays King Joffrey in HBO’s award winning series Game of Thrones, shared some of his experiences from his trip with GOAL to Haiti. As our wonderful and charismatic host for the evening, actress and model Vanessa Branch brought an extra air of glamor to the proceedings. GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews, delivered an inspiring keynote speech, describing some of his memorable moments since joining GOAL last January.
Barry was followed by auctioneer Patrick Meade, who encouraged guests to dig deep and bid high for some of the excellent items and experiences on offer. These included a unique Downton Abbey Experience in London, travelling with British Airways business flights; a luxury American Airlines 12-night vacation to Ireland; and a meet and greet with NY Yankees star Mariano Rivera. Guests were also invited to bid on silent auction items, which featured everything from special NYC experiences to designer fashion items.
After dinner, guests enjoyed a casino and live music from the Arthur Stuart band followed by an after-party at Lillie’s Bar on 49th Street.
Elaine Ryan Kennedy, Director of Development, GOAL USA said, “We truly appreciate the support of our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and volunteers who all helped to make the Ball a huge success. I’m proud to be associated with people who want to make a difference, and to make a critical financial investment in the vulnerable communities that GOAL serves. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again at our 2014 Ball”.
GOAL USA would like to recognize the generosity of our corporate sponsors: American Airlines, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bentley Meeker, British Airways, Expedite Dem. Inc., HBO, IBO, Jeffries, Lillie’s, Matheson, The American Ireland Fund, Northeast Equipment, Pernod Ricard, Pig “N” Whistle, Premium Sports, Samscreen Inc., Shamrock Materials LLC.
Photos from the GOAL Annual Benefit Ball can be viewed here.
GOAL USA is also grateful to the sponsors of our wonderful prizes:
Adare Manor, Alba Cera, Angela Sammon, Ann Murtagh, Ashford Castle, Ballymaloe Foods, Beckett’s Bar & Grille, Bentley Meeker, Bootlegger 21, Bora Ferlengez, Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, Carsten Salon, Chelsea Piers, Ciara Walsh, Crevan O’Grady, Croine O’ Halloran, DKNY, Dooley Car Rental, Douglas Koch Designs, Dr. Oz, Eileen Shields, Eithne Moran, George Heslin & Origin Theater, Grange Hotel, Great Performances, Heidi Curran, House of Brews, Jack Gleeson, Jill Schulster, Joe & Misses Doe Restaurant, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Kelsey McGhee, Kenneth McCoy, Kim Schulster, Langham Place at Fifth Avenue, Les Petits Chapelais, Macy’s, Mae Mae Café, Marc Jacobs, Mike O’ Brien, PACE University, New York Beer Company, New York Yankees, Pat Tully, Pernod Ricard, Phyllis Digilio, Pole Position Raceway, Prohibition Distillery, Ronan Downs, Route 66 Smokehouse, Sandra Kuczynski, Sheen Falls Lodge, Stone Street Tavern, Sheen Falls Lodge, Tavern 29, The Chew, The Dubliner, The Fitzpatrick Hotel, The Ireland Funds, The K Club, The London NYC, The Marker Hotel, The Metropolitan Opera, The Rooney Hotel, The Sheeley House, The View, The Westbury Hotel, Tiffany’s, Trinity Bar, Vanessa Branch, Viktorija Juodenaite.
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