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Book Tour Visits San Ramon Valley Rotary

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(Danville, California)

The "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey...." book tour marches on, this time with a stop in my hometown. Thursday night I spoke at the San Ramon Valley Rotary Club, which I refer to as my "home club" since they made me an honorary member.

I have spoken to at least twenty Rotary Clubs on my book tour (with more scheduled), but San Ramon Valley is always my favorite. It was the first Rotary ever to have me as a guest speaker way back in 2000, and I have been there once or twice a year since. They are wonderful people, who raise thousands of dollars for charity and good causes every year; and their big event is this Saturday night. "Valley Teen Idol" showcases some of the area's best young singing talent. Tickets are still available, so check out: http://www.sanramonvalleyrotary.com/

Speaking of charity events, tonight I am emcee at "A Taste of Summer" barbeque in Pleasanton to benefit the Tri-Valley Community Foundation's "Hacienda Helping Hands" campaign. Please join us for music, food and fun, as we raise money for local non-profits. See: http://HelpingHands.Hacienda.org.

Both of the above-mentioned organizations are receiving money from the sale of my book, so buy, "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008," by clicking on the blue book button on the right side of this screen.

Tri-Valley Fired Up Over “A Taste of Summer” Charity BBQ


(Pleasanton, California)

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 be music and food available, along with celebrity judges and a silent auction.

Comcast, KKIQ Radio, "The Livermore Independent," "The Pleasanton Weekly," CBS-5, and TV-30 are the major media sponsors for “A Taste of Summer.” Marty Lurie's "Right off the Bat" Oakland A's pregame show will broadcast live from the event site at noon on Friday.

Tickets are $20, including dinner, and can be ordered online at http://HelpingHands.Hacienda.org.

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