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By Ashley Goldsmith

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No, it’s not a celebration of the hotness that is soccer player David Beckham (though I am hoping for a personal invite to that event) and it’s really got nothing to do with soccer or football as Mr. Beckham might call it (swoon).

GOAL is actually an international humanitarian organization that responds to practically every man-made or natural disaster across the world. With the idea that every human has the right to the fundamentals of life – food, water, shelter, health care and literacy – GOAL has spent over $795 million dollars in the past 31 years fighting this cause.

On November 7th, 2008 GOAL will celebrate its 20th anniversary of humanitarian work in the United States. At Cipriani on Wall Street GOAL will host a Black Tie affair with cocktails, dinner, live music, a full casino, raffle and a silent auction. The raffle is filled with a plethora of fabulous prizes, ranging from an African Safari to a one-of-a-kind Marc Jacobs bag and an all-inclusive trip to Paris to a chef-catered dinner for six at your east village apartment.

The 30th Anniversary GOAL Ball that was held last year raised a record-breaking $1 million, which they are hoping to beat this year. But if the current financial crisis has you in a pinch, you can always make a small donation to GOAL. Both choices are of course tax deductible, while that warm fuzzy I-just-did-a-good-deed feeling is really priceless.

Log onto www.goalusa.org to find out about how you can purchase tickets to the 2008 GOAL Ball or to make a donation. Remember, every dollar makes a difference.

Originally published October 2008

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