The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Hosts The Diamond Ball: An Evening of Inspiration Committed to Saving Lives

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to host The Diamond Ball, an evening of inspiration committed to saving lives. Gala beneficiaries are Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets and the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to host The Diamond Ball, an evening of inspiration committed to saving lives on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The mission of The Diamond Ball is to raise funds for animal charities that save lives. The beneficiaries of the 2013 gala are Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOCHP) and the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

“The Diamond Ball is our first extension from our successful two seasons of Yappy Hour,” said General Manager Bruce Brainerd. “It takes our passion for supporting animal-related causes to the next level. Our responsibility extends beyond the day-to-day hotel operations and supports one of the many meaningful causes that our community and neighbors are passionate about,” he added.

Canine Companions for Independence helps veterans put their lives back together after being injured by providing assistance dogs that help them regain independence. FOCHP helps make homeless and unwanted pets more adoptable and provides them with a forever family.

“Having FOCHP and CCI together as beneficiaries solidifies our vision that it’s not just about people saving animal’s lives; it’s about how animals save people’s lives too,” added Brainerd.

Held over the Veteran’s Day Weekend (Saturday, November 9), The Diamond Ball tickets are $250 per person. The evening includes a silent and live auction, and a four-course dinner presented by Executive Chef Pedro Contreras. The evening also includes The Diamond Drop Extravaganza, an opportunity where guests can donate gems and jewelry in support of the cause. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.TheDiamondBall.org

About the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) provides highly-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Through CCI’s Wounded Veterans Initiative, veterans with physical disabilities such as hearing loss, limb amputations and spinal cord injuries are served. Established in 1975, CCI has five regional training centers across the country. CCI is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.

About Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets
The mission of Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOCHP) is to make homeless and unwanted pets more adoptable and provide them the opportunity to find lifelong families. Their mission is accomplished through training, veterinary services, and spay and neuter assistance. Fostering is an important part of FOCHP, as they believe a home environment brings out the true personality of an animal and gives them the opportunity to match personalities for the best adoption opportunity and forever home for their rescues. FOCHP also has a Whistlestop Program that provides safe, immediate temporary boarding for surrendered pets until a foster home can be arranged. During the temporary Whistlestop boarding period, the pet is assessed, socialized with other animals, given medical attention if necessary and allowed to adjust in a caring environment until a loving foster home becomes available. FOCHP is operated solely by volunteers and 100 percent of donations received go directly back to the needs of their rescued animals.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
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 28th year, the longest in California. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, 180blũ, The Market Place, enoSTEAK, Bar Raya, The Spa and the Eco-Adventure Center. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 82 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at http://www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.

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