On April 1st and 2nd, LEMOINE participated in the 14th annual Hogs for the Cause Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our team, #FamounOnInstaham, hosted a 40’ x 40’ tent, with an adjacent stage and seating area. Our pitmaster, Justin, prepared all of the meat and as usual, our #LEGGO My Eggrolls and Not Your #BASIC Nachos were our most popular items.
#FamousOnInstaham became a collaboration this year, with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans (https://www.chnola.org/) joining forces with us for the first time at Hogs for the Cause. To celebrate, 3 Dolla Bill (https://www.facebook.com/3DollaBill/) played on our stage after the close of the main stages. This was the perfect way to celebrate all the time and dedication our team put into the event
Hogs for the Cause is a year-round fundraising nonprofit supporting families impacted by pediatric brain cancer. Their mission reads, “Provide assistance to families with children battling brain cancer by engaging the community through barbecue culture.” More than 1,000 families across the country have received direct grants from the organization, while more than $2.2 million have been granted to hospital programs and other public charities.
Started in 2009 to support one local family, the Hogs for the Cause festival has grown from a gathering of 200 people roasting a single pig, to a crowd of 30,000+ volunteers and attendees, 20 live music performances, and 90 competing barbeque teams! In 2021 the event raised a jaw dropping nearly $3 million- with limited capacity, and just nine months later, the 2022 event raised an additional $2.6 million!
Furthering their mission, Hogs for the Cause and Children’s Hospital engaged LEMOINE to transform a structure into the Hogs House in 2018 (https://hogsforthecause.org/hogs-house/). The House acts as an extension of the hospital’s healing environment, by providing a comforting place for families to stay while their child is receiving care. The House offers 13 private family suites, 2 family lounges, kitchen spaces, and a laundry room.
Team members love supporting Hogs for the Cause because it is fun, delicious, and most importantly, it supports families in need all over the country. Team #FamousOnInstaham is already planning for next year, with some new menu items and twists on the classics. We look forward to seeing you at the Hogs for the Cause Festival in 2023. Oink!