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March 12, 2019 

90 teams competing at Hogs for the Cause Bacon Night

Ninety teams enter, only one leaves as a champion. Hogs for the Cause is pleased to announce more than 90 BBQ teams will participate in the 11th annual charity event on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds. Returning for a second year—Bacon Night presented by Nueske’s, welcomes teams to create and sell their own unique bacon dish, as well as serve BBQ samples. When the gates open on Friday night of Hogs for the Cause 2019, Nueske’s will have nearly two tons of bacon on site. Tickets to Nueske’s Bacon Night are $30 each.

Bacon Night dishes include everything from Face Bacon BBQ’ed Crab Cake, Bacon Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese Tots, Nueske’s Bacon Pâté with Bacon Fat Crostini and Encurtidas to Maple Bacon Glazed Donuts, Jumbo Lump Crab and Peppered Bacon Slider with Brie Cheese, and Hog Totchos. “This year, Bacon Night will have attendees porking out on pig, with more than 90 teams serving-up bacon-centric dishes,” states Becker Hall, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hogs for the Cause. “Our sponsor, Nueske’s, generously provides the bacon for each team so they can compete for Best Bacon Dish of the night. And guests will not walk away thirsty either. We will offer a greater variety of beers, including nine draft beers and nine domestic beers, available in cans, at each of our bars.” Guests can expect draft beers from Bayou Tech, Founders, Gnarly Barley, Parish Brewing Co., Port Orleans, Tin Roof, and Urban South. Canned beer includes Gnarly Barley, Parish Brewing Co., Urban South, Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, and Stella Artois.

More than bacon will be on the menu—Ten bands across three stages will entertain, and hogtails, beer, wine, soft drinks and more food will also be available for purchase. Hogs for the Cause uses only RFID wristbands for entry and food and beverage purchases. The RFID wristband serves as the ticket and digital wallet for each patron. Tickets are on sale now on the Hogs for the Cause website (

2019 Sponsors include Children’s Hospital, Bud Light, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Blue Plate Mayonnaise, Capital One, Luzianne, Tabasco, Phelps Dunbar, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Captain Morgan, Don Julio, Nueske’s, Neat Wines, Irpino Avin Hawkins Law Firm, and Scariano Wholesale Food Distributor.

February 21, 2019 

Hogs for the Cause VIP Ticket Packages & Patron Party Announced

Hogs for the Cause has announced its exclusive VIP ticket packages.  These tickets, which include everything from complimentary alcohol to being able to watch the show from directly on stage, are limited and are expected to sell out. “Our VIP packages allow fans to have the ultimate Hogs experience,” states Becker Hall, Director and Co-Founder of Hogs for the Cause. “This year, we even added a Super VIP package that allows you to get premium parking behind the main stage, watch bands from ON stage, be a Hogs judge, get exclusive Hogs merch and more!”

In addition to the ticket package announcement, Hogs has released the highly-anticipated theme for its annual patron party. This year’s theme is “The Pigish Invasion.” Food by the Link Restaurant Group, cocktails from CureCo, and wines provided by Neat Wines come together for “one night only” for an evening inspired by those cheeky, brilliant Brits. “Welcome to the Pigish Invasion!” states Becker. “This event is so much fun to attend and just as much fun to plan. We invite guests to come dressed as their favorite ‘Brit’ and enjoy the show!” “The Pigish Invasion” takes place on Thursday, March 28th at Calcasieu from 7-10PM. Ticket prices range from $125 to $200.

2019 Ticket packages include:

Boss Hog VIP Amenities
·          Access for one (1) guest to Hogs festival grounds on Friday and Saturday
·          Complimentary alcohol in the VIP Tent
·          A Hogs wristband with $90 pre-loaded to spend at the Fest
·          Front-of-stage viewing
·          Private restrooms
·          Re-entry privileges
·          All General Admission amenities and more!

Goin’ Ham Super VIP Amenities
·         Access for one (1) guest to Hogs festival grounds on Friday and Saturday
·         Stand on stage with the best views of the entire festival
·         Exclusive, premium parking behind the main stage
·         Complimentary admission to the exclusive Thursday night Patron Party, with food by the Link Restaurant Group, wine by Neat Wines, and cocktails by Cure Co.
·         Complimentary alcohol in the VIP Tent 
·         A Hogs wristband with $100 Pre-Loaded to Spend at the Fest 
·         Front-of-stage viewing 
·         Private restrooms 
·         Re-entry privileges 
·         Free Hogs merchandise 
·         Be a Hogs Judge and help us pick a winner 
·         and more! 

January 23, 2019 

Bacon Night is “BAC-ON”

The 11th Annual Hogs for the Cause has announced its schedule for the March 29th and 30th event, and single day tickets are now on sale starting at $30 per day. Headliners for the 2019 event at the UNO Lakefront Arena fields include: Trampled By Turtles on Friday night and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Saturday night. Director and Co-Founder of Hogs for the Cause Becker Hall stated, “Each year we are amazed at the level of talent that is eager to be a part of our event, they help bring our cause to the national stage.” The annual two-day fundraising event will feature nationally recognized musical talent alongside amateur and professional BBQ competitors. Bacon Night, which launched last year to overwhelming success, will once again take place Friday, March 29th and feature 96 teams which will craft bacon-centric dishes using Nueske’s bacon. As with previous years, all proceeds will go to the aid and relief of families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer. “With three stages we are able to bring something for everyone, and this year is no different. It will be a weekend to remember.” Hogs for the Cause previously announced its music lineup, but has recently added new artist, Boyfriend, to its Friday night schedule.

Friday Music Lineup:
Trampled By Turtles
Dumpstaphunk w/ George Porter, Jr.
American Aquarium
Marco Benevento
The Iceman Special
J & the Causeways
The Wooks
One South Lark
Saturday Music Lineup:
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish
Lost Bayou Ramblers
The War and Treaty
Bishop Gunn
Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters
Low Cut Connie
Red Shahan
Hot 8 Brass Band
Liz Cooper & the Stampede
Brent Cowles
Roadside Glorious

Back by popular demand are the RFID wristbands, which serve as both a ticket and a wallet., “We introduced the cashless wristbands last year and they made paying for food and drinks so easy, and fast,.” states Hall. Wristbands will be available for pick-up on site, but to expedite entry into the Hogs “playground,” several pre-event ticket swap locations will be available for attendees to swap tickets for the RFID wristband. In addition, attendees who purchase tickets online prior to March 8th can choose to have the RFID wristband mailed to them. These cashless wristbands are the only method of payment on-site for food and drinks, however, merchandise can still be purchased using cash, credit or debit. Tickets are now on sale on the Hogs for the Cause website The 2019 Hogs for the Cause sponsors include: Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Bud Light, Titos Handmade Vodka, Blue Plate Mayonnaise, Luzianne, Phelps Dunbar, Capital One, Bulleit Whiskey, Captain Morgan, Don Julio Tequila, Nueske’s, and Neat Wine.

September 21, 2018 

Family Housing Opens at Children’s Hospital
Hogs for the Cause enables families to stay near their child receiving treatment

Children’s Hospital’s Hogs House will open next week with fanfare and fun all in the name of helping families of children receiving medical treatment far from home. Hogs for the Cause, a 501©(3) organization pledged $2.1M to renovate a 1920s townhouse on the former military hospital campus so families from other parts of the state seeking care for their children at Children’s Hospital, can stay close. Hogs for the Cause teams and supporters will join in celebrating with a dedication and open house on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. “Being able to make a huge difference for so many families has been the engine that makes us raise even more money each year,” said Becker Hall, founder and CEO of Hogs for the Cause. “We started Hogs for the Cause to help one family, but now our donations will be a “home away from home” for so many more.” The Hogs House will serve as on-campus housing for families from outside the New Orleans region who have a child receiving ongoing treatment at Children’s Hospital. “By providing a place to stay for families who need it, when they need it, the Hogs House will be an extension of the healing environment,” said John R. Nickens, IV, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital. “It will be a place of rest and respite for families whose children are fighting critical illnesses.” The house includes 13 family suites with private bathrooms, common areas with two family lounges, kitchen spaces, and a laundry room. For more information, visit

September 9, 2018 


Hogs for the Cause is proud to announce the appointment of Zandy Rainold as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Zandy will succeed Becker Hall, who is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. He has served as a Board Member and Treasurer of Hogs for the Cause for the last eight years. “Zandy captained one of our original teams, Captain Porkenheimer, and we quickly worked to recruit him,” states Becker Hall, Hogs for the Cause Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Zandy has been instrumental in growing Hogs into the premier provider of pediatric outreach services nationwide which has granted over two million dollars to families and charities since Zandy came on board. Without his tireless dedication, business acumen, and guidance Hogs would not be where it is today.” Professionally, Zandy is a Managing Director in BDO USA’s Private Client Service Practice.  He provides customized tax compliance and consulting to ultra high-net-worth individuals and their families. Zandy received his M.S. in Taxation from the University of New Orleans and his B.S. in Accounting from LSU.

August 21, 2018 

EVENT DATES MARCH 29 & 30, 2019

VERY limited, specially priced 2-Day tickets on sale nowHogs for the Cause is excited to announce its 11th Annual charity barbeque cook-off and music festival is set for March 29 & 30, 2019 at the UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds. In celebration of the sold-out 2018, event where an astounding $1.45 Million was raised, Hogs organizers are releasing a very limited number of $30 2-Day General Admission tickets.

“We’re thrilled to get started on what will be the biggest Hogs yet!” says Rene Louapre, COO & Co-Founder of Hogs for the Cause. “In order to reward our most loyal Hogs fans, we are releasing a very limited amount of 2-Day tickets at a price even lower than last year’s 1-Day price of $35!” The musical lineup for 2019 is being finalized. Top acts in previous years have included N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osborne), Turnpike Troubadours, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, Shovels & Rope and Drive-By Truckers. Nearly 100 bands have played the stage at Hogs for the Cause over its 10 year history. “While food has always been the focus of Hogs, we are just as passionate about the musical aspect,” states  Becker Hall, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Hogs. “We believe we have created something that offers a taste for everyone—food, music, camaraderie, volunteerism—each one contributes to the overall success of Hogs for the Cause each year.” Limited pre-sale tickets for Hogs for the Cause will be available August 22, 2018. In addition, this year a 2-day pass preloaded with $45 worth of Hoggy Dollars will be offered for $75. Also, the RFID wristbands introduced last year can now be shipped to patrons prior the event. Hogs for the Cause 2019 sponsors include: Children’s Hospital, Bud Light, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Urban South, Parish Brewing Co., and Port Orleans Brewing Co.