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A Taste of Summer BBQ will benefit local non-profits

The countdown is on for one of the most exciting charity events in recent memory in the Tri-Valley. The "A Taste of Summer" charity BBQ is Friday, May 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Shaklee Corporation, 4747 Willow Road, in Pleasanton. Shaklee is a major sponsor of the event.

The barbeque is being organized by Hyatt Summerfield Suites along with the Tri-Valley Community Foundation as part of the "Hacienda Helping Hands" charitable giving campaign. The Hacienda Business Park— its hundreds of companies and thousands of employees—launched "Hacienda Helping Hands" as a way to give back to the community.

"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 Health Care, 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," said David Rice, President and CEO of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation.

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

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

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