Staff Sergent Jason Morgan, United States Air Force, and his service dog Rue attended the Diamond Ball at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to raise funds for The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan, United States Air Force, and his service dog Rue attended the Diamond Ball at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to raise funds for The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

By the Dana Point Times

During Veterans Day weekend, 500 people attended the Diamond Ball at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to raise money for The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. More than $575.000 was raised for the group.

The event included a musical performance by the winners of the X Factor, Alex and Sierra, a four-course dinner, a live auction and more.

Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan, and his service dog Rue, of the United States Air Force was honored along with Anne Roberts, recipient of the Geneva Davis Award, and individuals who have been ambassadors of the program.

The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative provides an opportunity for veterans to regain independence through the support of a Canine Companion Assistance dog. Proceeds go to the Initiative to help with the training of service dogs by Canine Companions.

“For those veterans making a new start putting their lives back together from an injury or those suffering from PTSD, a Canine Companions service dog provides the assistance they need to regain their independence and we are extremely proud to support Canine Companions and their mission of helping change the lives of our veterans in need,” said Bruce Brainerd, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and founder of The Diamond Ball and Yappy Hour, in a statement.

The Diamond Ball raised more than $575,000 for The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Diamond Ball raised more than $575,000 for The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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