The crowds showed up ready to eat, drink and party and for two days Hogs for the Cause turned the grounds around the UNO Lakefront Arena into a festive landscape of barbecue, music and New Orleans good times.

It was also a showcase of determined generosity and service to others.

Through the collective work by 90 cook-off teams, the April 1 and 2 event set a new fundraising record for Hogs for the Cause, raising $ 2.6 million, the group reported today.







The cook-off team Fleur de Que builds an elaborate, multi-level camp at the annual Hogs for the Cause. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)


The organization supports families dealing with pediatric brain cancer, and since its founding in 2009 has become the most important funder for this work nationally.

Hogs for the Cause was among the first events called off in 2020 as the pandemic arrived; it temporarily relocated to Belle Chasse in 2021 to return. This year it was back in New Orleans and hit a new pace for fundraising.







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The Nashville hot pork bao is a signature dish from cook-off team March of Pigs at the annual Hogs for the Cause is known for its creative booth design. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)


The teams taking part fuel the giant charity cook-off with their the food they serve through the weekend and the money they raise throughout the year.

Along the way they compete for awards across a range of categories.







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The cook-off team House of Hogs at the annual Hogs for the Cause is known for its creative booth design. In 2022, the team built an Italian restaurant for the weekend event. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)


Here are the winners for 2022

Children’s Hospital New Orleans Grand Champion

Hog Addiction







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Hog Addiction accept the trophy for Children’s Hospital New Orleans Grand Champion at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Whole Hog

Hog Addiction







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Hog Addiction accept the trophy for Whole Hog at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Ribs

Emmylou’s







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Emmylou’s accept the trophy for ribs at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Pork Butt / Shoulder

Hog Addiction







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Hog Addiction accept the trophy for pork butt / shoulder at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Porkpourri

Hoggystyle







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Hoggystyle accept the trophy for Porkpourri at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Best Sauce

Swine Spectators







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Swine Spectators accept the trophy for Best Sauce at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Blue Plate Mayonnaise Best Side

House of Hogs







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team House of Hogs accept the trophy for Blue Plate Mayonnaise Best Side at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Irpino Avin Hawkins Best Bacon

Crazy Jeff’s BBQ Bungalow







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Crazy Jeff’s BBQ Bungalow accept the trophy for Irpino Avin Hawkins Best Bacon at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


“Just Winging It” presented by Tabasco

River Pork Pilots







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team River Pork Pilots accept the trophy for “Just Winging It” presented by Tabasco at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Friday Night Party

The Boars Nest







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team the Boar’s nest accept the trophy for Friday Night Party at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Louisiana Tourism Fan Favorite

Mr. Pigglesworth







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Mr. Pigglesworth accept the trophy for Louisiana Tourism Fan Favorite at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Best Booth

House of Hogs







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team House of Hogs accept the trophy for Best Booth at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Best Social Media

Piglet







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Piglit accept the trophy for Best Social Media at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


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Fundraising Champion

Fleur de Que







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Members of Hogs for the Cause team Fleur de Que accept the trophy for fundraising champion at the 2022 event, on April 2 in New Orleans. (Contributed photo from Hogs for the Cause)


Teams that raised over $ 100,000

Fleur de Que, $ 450,000

Blue Oak, $ 250,000

The Boar’s Nest, $ 185,000

Rugaroux Que, $ 160,000

March of Pigs, $ 125,000

Hogwatch, $ 100,000

Teams that raised over $ 65,000

Druids

Mr. Pig Stuff

Teams that raised over $ 50,000:

Swine and Dine

River Pork Pilots

Mr. Pigglesworth

Teams that raised over $ 40,000

DeSwine Intervention

Irish Brew BBQ

Team Porknoy

Teams that raised over $ 30,000

Sir Pork A Lot

Pig Latin

Hog Dat Nation

Captain Porkenheimer

Chew Forks Farms

Smokeshow Cook Squad

The Hogfather

Frey Part Deuce

Teams that raised over $ 20,000

Porkchopitoulas

Smokey Ridge BBQ

Piggy Stardust

The Pig Easy

Hupigs

House of Hogs

Lard and in Charge

PigLit

Fire & Spice

Swine Krewe

Ubons

That’ll Do Crew

Sweet Swine O ‘Mine

Aporkalypse Now

In addition to award winners, Hogs for the Cause each year inducts people into its Hog of Fame, recognizing continued dedication and service to the organization.

This year’s Hog of Fame inductees are Bobby Hawkins of Mr. Pig Stuff; Adam Avin of Mr. Pig Stuff; Robby Moss of Fleur De Que; Mike Centola of Rugaroux Q; Dan Sanders of DeSwine Intervention; Anthony DiBernardo of Morten Andersen’s Mullets; Aaron Siegel of Morten Andersen’s Mullets; and Kelsey Brehma Hogs for the Cause staff member).

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