Chili cook-off raises $35,500 for local foster home for kids

The Atenas Chili Cook-Off generated $33,500 for Hogar de Vida, the organization reported Thursday.

The money will allow Hogar de Vida to make security upgrades including an electric gate and a wall, it said.

The cook-off was Feb. 9. Kay Costello of Kay’s Gringo Postres is the festival founder. It was the benefit’s seventh year.

Last year the benefit event raised $20,000 Hogar de Vida said. The facility houses 35 abandoned or abused children, according to Tim Stromstad, the Hogar de Vida founder.

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