The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's Yappy Hour Raises Money for Pet Project Foundation

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Bruce Brainerd, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presented Pet Project Foundation President Sue Walsh with a check for $7,500 at the Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour on October 27, 2011.

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As a pet-friendly resort, we take great pride in extending our love for canines by supporting compassionate causes such as Pet Project Foundation.

Bruce Brainerd, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presented Pet Project Foundation President Sue Walsh with a check for $7,500 at the Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour on October 27.

“Yappy Hour is a fantastic example of our mission in hosting events that bring the local community together, but also generate awareness and support for charitable causes,” said Brainerd. “Since the first Yappy Hour in April, our canine cocktail events have grown in popularity with more than 1,200 guests attending Howl-O-Ween. As a pet-friendly resort, we take great pride in extending our love for canines by supporting compassionate causes such as Pet Project Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of all companion animals in a pro-humane manner through compassion, responsibility, education and service,” he added.

The Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest featured 136 contestants dressed as everything from devils, one-eyed-green monsters and sharks to cheerleaders, princesses and pirates. Group entries were also popular with and entry of the Wizard of Oz, the Village People and a family of bees. Winners were awarded in the categories of Scariest, Most Glamorous, and Funniest and, of course, Best in Show, which was a Great Dane by the name of Gunner who was dressed as a zebra. Each winner received a hand-crafted dog bowl by Debbie Carmen and a gift box of wine from Mutt Lynch Winery. Gunner and his human companion also received a Posh Pooch experience at the resort.

Yappy Hour is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Community Footprints program. Community Footprints 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in August 1984. Today, the resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. The resort is the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury. The resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamond status for the 26th year, the longest in California. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, 180blũ, The Market Place, Eno, Bar Raya, The Spa and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. 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/laguna.

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