Hungry to help.
Hogs for the Cause is a non-profit, annual fundraising barbecue competition and music festival that raises money for families with children fighting pediatric brain cancer. They provide aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Currently, Hogs for The Cause operates as the premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the United States and has given grants to over 400 families in need.
Hogs for the Cause began in 2009 to help one family who had a 6 year old boy with a rare inoperable brain tumor called DIPG who then passed the following year. Since then, Hogs for the Cause has helped over 100 families in the New Orleans market and has contributed over $150,000 to the Cancer Fund at Children's Hospital. Hogs has helped over 20 families at Ochsner Hospital and given greater than $50,000 to Ochsner's Cancer Fund. They hope to continue to be the leading provider of outreach services for pediatric brain cancer nationally and eventually be able to help children with all types of cancers.
Every year, teams (90 at last count) compete in the Ben Sarrat, Jr. Cook Off Presented by Children’s Hospital of New Orleans for the High on the Hog Grand Champion title. The competition is fierce, and the winners claim bragging rights not only in barbecue mastery, but more importantly, fundraising prowess. Teams are a motley mix of some of the region’s best chefs, professional barbecue teams from around the country, and backyard barbecue fanatics, and all teams sell food to the public to raise money for the Cause. Winners are declared in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.