An Evening of Inspiration Committed to Changing Lives

A benefit for the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence

Silent & Live Auction
Throughout the evening

Live Entertainment with a Special Guest
After dinner

Four-Course Dinner
Presented by Executive Chef Brian Sundeen

The Diamond Drop
Enter for the Opportunity Drawings

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel honored the service and sacrifice made by our nation’s men and women in uniform at The Diamond Ball on November, 7, 2015. The Diamond Ball included both a silent and live auction that raised $230,000 for the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. The gala also recognized three veterans – Army Major Yancy Baer and Service Dog, Verbena, First Lieutenant Jeffrey Adams and Service Dog, Sharif, and Marine Corporal Justin Crabb and Service Dog, Gnome – who have all been recipients of Canine Companions service dogs through the Wounded Veterans Initiative.

“Because of the generosity of so many, we are able to further our mission to raise funds for animal charities that change lives,” said General Manager Bruce Brainerd. “From our major donors to individuals who purchased tickets and attended The Diamond Ball, we were delighted to welcome everyone together in support of such a deserving organization as the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. On behalf of The Diamond Ball Committee and the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, we are sincerely thankful of everyone’s support to make a difference in our community and the lives of our veterans. It means the world to us and all the service men and women participating in the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions.”

With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence provides an opportunity for our veterans to regain their independence through the support of these incredible service animals. To date, Canine Companions has placed 125 assistance dogs with veterans, with 90 active teams that include 37 active teams from the Southwest Region.

Over the past five years the resort’s fundraising efforts through Yappy Hour and The Diamond Ball have resulted in more than $537,000 raised in support of animal-related charities.