We recently wrote about how the local Filipino community has become an integral part of the Santa Maria Style Barbecue experience.

So when this community stepped up to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last month, it’s no surprise that they decided to fire up the red oak and raise funds by holding a benefit barbecue on December 15 at the Filipino Community Center in Santa Maria.

The Filipino-American Association of Santa Maria Valley, the Filipino Seniors of Santa Maria Valley and the Filipino Community of Santa Maria Valley are all working together to organize the event. Proceeds from the barbecue will be donated to several locations in the Philippines. The Filipino-American Association will also host a charitable golf tournament at the Monarch Dunes Golf Club in Nipomo.

“Some of us have some members that have families there that were directly hit by the typhoon,” said Vice President of the Filipino-American Association of Santa Maria Valley Rose Sagisi.

It’s just another example of how the Santa Maria Valley’s community spirit and legendary barbecue often have a wide reach!