Dogs Saving Lives of Veterans

In the second year since its inception, The Diamond Ball, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s annual gala supporting animal charities that save lives, raised $200,000 for the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence, on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Held Veterans Day Weekend, The Diamond Ball included both a silent and live auction, as well as special recognition of two veterans – Staff Sgt. Sebastian Cila, US Army (Ret.) and his Service Dog Gillian and Matthew Keil and his Service Dog Gus – who have both been recipients of CCI service dogs through the Wounded Veterans Initiative.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended and supported The Diamond Ball this year,” said Bruce Brainerd, General Manager. “From our major donors to the individuals who attended the gala evening, we were honored to have everyone come together to support such a deserving organization as Canine Companions for Independence and CCI’s Wounded Veterans Initiative. The success of this event reminds us that our responsibility extends beyond the day-to-day operations of the resort. By embracing organizations such as CCI’s Wounded Veterans Initiative, we connect with our community through causes that have meaning for them,” 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.

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.

Plato Pet Treats was honored to provide healthy, organic dog treats make locally in Fresno, CA for each guest of the Diamond Ball.

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Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative: Calvin and Service Dog Chesney