Tis the Season for Giving at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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In celebration of the giving season, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items, toys, books and stuffed animals to be donated to local Orange County charities. In return, the resort will give guests the gift of an Anniversary Card that provides fifteen percent off in the resort’s restaurants, spa and retail shops, as well as complimentary day valet parking.

In celebration of the giving season, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items, toys, books and stuffed animals to be donated to local Orange County charities. In return, the resort will give guests the gift of an Anniversary Card that provides fifteen percent off in the resort’s restaurants, spa and retail shops, as well as complimentary day valet parking.

The season kicks off with the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 21 at 4 p.m. KTTV-TV FOX11 Anchor Carlos Amezcua will assist the resort’s General Manager Bruce Brainerd with turning on the tree lights. The Jeeps Band will perform as Santa Claus arrives in a red Woody. Guests will also be invited inside The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to enjoy the resort’s holiday decorations, which includes a Holiday Gingerbread Woody Car.

At the Thanks-for-Giving Buffet on Thursday, November 25 and the Christmas Day Buffet on Saturday, December 25, canned goods and non-perishable items are being and all items will be donated to the Orange County Rescue Mission. The OC Rescue Mission serves the least, the last, and the lost of Orange County and has programs designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women, and children to self-sufficiency.

Children’s books and toys are being collected at the Holiday Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 21 and at Holiday Story Telling, which will be held Fridays and Saturdays from December 3 to December 18. All toys and books collected will go to Miracles for Kids whose mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Guests are asked to bring a new teddy bear when they attend Teddy Bear Tea, Sunday, December 5, 12 and 19. Children’s Hospital of Orange County relies on community support to provide leading-edge care for infants, children and adolescents close to home and is the recipient of all of the stuffed animals that are collected.

The Third Annual Surfboard Auction runs from Saturday, November 20 through December 31 and proceeds go to Surfers Healing, an organization that seeks to enrich the lives of children with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Surfers Healing is also the beneficiary of the Surfing Santa Competition to be held at Salt Creek on Saturday, November 20.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has also partnered with Getaway to Give to provide both travelers with a new way to give back to their communities. When guests reserve the Getaway to Give package, they enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast for two each morning, and 10 percent of the room rate will be donated to the four sponsored charities, including Lupus LA, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, Oceana and Special Olympics Southern California.

The Season of Giving is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Community Footprints program that was created to encourage leadership in volunteerism, fundraising, product donations and mentoring programs at a local level. No project is considered too large or too small. Dedicated Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen provide a wide range of support and services to their community, including fund-raising for local charities, reading to the blind, preparing and serving lunches at homeless shelters, donating books to schools and volunteering at food banks. The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints stresses that the most important resource is not always money, but time.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is one of Southern California’s most luxurious and exciting hideaways. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/lagunaevents.

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