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.