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The Oceanfront Resort Continues to Raise Funds and Awareness of
The 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.”

Canine Companions recognizes the urgent and growing need for programs that provide support to veterans with disabilities. Many of the brave men and women returning home from combat with disabling injuries experience a litany of new challenges. Often, they face difficult transitions back to civilian life as well as uncertain futures with new disabilities. Canine Companions assistance dogs can help veterans regain independence, pride and hope. Beyond much-needed physical assistance, the love, loyalty and positivity of a canine partner can make a profound, lasting impact on someone dealing with difficult emotions that are hard to communicate. To date, Canine Companions has served 257 veterans, with 37 active teams from the Southwest Region.