CFC Chili Cook-Off Winners Donate Prize Money to RGV Make a Wish Foundation

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Texas Border Business

EDINBURG, Texas ̶̶ On Friday, CBP Officers from the Brownsville Port of Entry donated nearly $4,000 to a local charity.

‘Los Vaqueros from Brownsville’, the winning team of Border Patrol’s ninth annual Combined Federal Campaign Chili Cook-Off donated their winnings to the RGV Make a Wish Foundation. The team composed of officers from CBP’s Office of Field of Operations beat out 26 other teams made up of local, state, and federal employees. The officers chose to donate to RGV Make a Wish Foundation because it is an organization that helps bring much-needed joy to many children and their families. “We find it truly astounding that the reach of CFC goes beyond helping an unknown entity; it is personal, helping our neighbors and organizations within our very own community. We are all extremely excited to have finally won the Chili Cook-Off and most of all, very excited to present the donation to RGV Make a Wish Foundation,” said Vaquero team member Randall Trevino.

The CFC Chili Cook-Off event has generated more than 15K in its nine-year history. The CFC is instrumental in supporting charities that directly assist the public during challenging life events. This campaign is important because it brings awareness to causes that would not typically cross someone’s mind. This exposure opens the doors to not only compassion, but it also aids organizations in fulfilling their missions to the community. RGV Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero and Brownsville Port Director Tater Ortiz presented the donation to Ava Sandlin, President and CEO of the RGV Make a Wish Foundation.

Team Members

Los Vaqueros:

Chief Rafael Gonzalez – Management

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Javier Nieto – K9

Carlos Galindo – Passenger Processing

Randall Trevino – Criminal Enforcement Unit

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