"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 http://HelpingHands.Hacienda.org.