Hogs for the Cause is honored to announce it has dispersed grants and made charitable contributions of nearly $1 Million during fiscal year 2019 (which ended June 30, 2019), an astounding 21% increase in giving over 2018. During the year, organizers presented contributions totaling $933,115, including its 1000th grant since its inception, and reaching families from 41 out of 50 states. “Hogs for the Cause could not do this without the dedicated teams and their overwhelming fundraising efforts,” said Becker Hall, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Hogs. “Their generosity doesn’t just make our organization, it changes the lives of the families we touch. It gives them just a moment to pause and focus on their children.”
The 2019 contributions include direct grants to help families experiencing the burdens associated with pediatric brain cancer, as well as financial contributions to children’s hospitals treating brain cancer patients. “The emotional burden of cancer is often overshadowed by the financial burden, that’s where we help with unrestricted grants given directly to the families in need,” said Rene Louapre, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Hogs for the Cause. “It has been our mission to provide some relief to families so that they can focus on their child and not the variable expenses along the difficult path ahead of them.”
Hogs for the Cause celebrated its eleventh year in March 2019, welcoming over 30,000 visitors on the grounds at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Hosting a patron party and two-day event comprised of a highly competitive barbeque competition, music by regional and national talent, and outstanding fundraising, the organization has been named one of the best food festivals in the country.