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The Diamond Ball

Unfortunately we will not be hosting The Diamond Ball this year due to business demands; however, we continue our Yappy Hour Series with all proceeds benefitting Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). We trust you will continue your support of this important cause either through participation in Yappy Hour or by making a direct donation through our link “Make an Individual Contribution” or through

Yappy Hour Returns for Tail Wagging Fun

Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour. Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items are available for purchase. Proceeds from Yappy Hour support The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative.

2018 Yappy Hour Season

Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Yappy Howl-O-Ween | 4 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Yappy Howl-iday Celebration | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The Oceanfront Resort Continues to Raise Funds and Awareness ofThe Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence

DANA POINT, Calif. – January 10, 2018 – Continuing its unwavering commitment to giving back to charities that change lives, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is pleased to announce that through the net proceeds from the 2017 Yappy Hour season and the support of several major donors, more than $83,500 has been donated to The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

“It’s truly incredible seeing our community come together to raise vital funds and awareness for Canine Companions,” said Bruce Brainerd, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. “On behalf of the Ladies and Gentlemen of the resort, we are beyond thankful for the outpouring of support from our friends, neighbors and generous supporters year after year.”

With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, The Veterans Initiative™ provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of Canine Companions assistance dogs. Founded in 1975, Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. The tasks each Canine Companions assistance dog learns can be life-changing. From retrieving dropped house keys, opening a door, pulling a manual wheelchair or alerting to a fire alarm, Canine Companions assistance dogs help make daily physical tasks possible and open doors to new opportunities.

Dates are subject to change.

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