Hacienda chartiable fundraiser starts at 4 p.m. today

'A Taste of Summer' barbecue will benefit local non-profits

"A Taste of Summer" charity barbecue starts at 4 p.m. today at the Shaklee Corporation to benefit the Hacienda Helping Hands charitable giving campaign, a program sponsored by the the Hacienda Business Park and the businesses located there.

"Hacienda Helping Hands" is a way employees and businesses can give back to the community," said David Rice, President and CEO of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, which is a partner in the Hacienda effort.

Shaklee, located at 4747 Willow Rd., is a also a major sponsor of the event, which will continue through 8 p.m. tonight.

The barbeque has been organized by Hyatt Summerfield Suites along with the Community Foundation as part of Hacienda's charitable giving campaign.

"There are a lot of people in need right now, because of the economy and this is our way of helping," said Jon Burchett, sales manager of Hyatt Summerfield Suites, the primary corporate sponsor.

Money raised by this and other "Hacienda Helping Hands" events will be awarded in grants to various charities in the Tri-Valley. Last year, Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley and Horizon High School were among the grant recipients.

"These worthy organizations serve thousands of people in need each year in our communities," Rice said.

"A Taste of Summer" will feature a "Top Chef" cook-off, pitting several local companies against each other in the competition. There will be music and food available along with celebrity judges and a silent auction. The Pleasanton Weekly is among the media sponsors of the "Taste of Summer" fundraiser.

Tickets are $20, include dinner and can be ordered online at

-Gina Channell-Allen


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Posted by Nicole
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 3:11 am

I am so proud to be associated with the Shaklee Corporation when I read articles like the one above!
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Posted by Not who they say they are
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Shaklee is not the great company they say they are!

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Posted by Look out
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Make sure you don't wear an animal costume to the event, or bring a pet! People are convinced Shaklee condones testing on animals...

You don't want to give the bomb throwers an excuse, or look out!

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Posted by Chas
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Is this an event fit for young children???

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