Hogs for the Cause raises $765,000 for pediatric brain cancer outreach _lowres

Photo by Joe Gorman Aporkalypse Now was the High on the Hog Grand Champion at Hogs for the Cause. From left are Jeffery B. Struckhoff, Nicole O. Marinello, Larry Canada, James Cruse, Mike Lonegrass, Scott Huete, Jim Cruse, Jason Camelford and Hogs for the Cause founders Rene Louapre and Becker Hall.

Fleur De Que was the top fundraising team at Hogs for the Cause, raising more than $130,000 for pediatric brain cancer outreach services.

In all, competitors in the 2015 Ben Sarrat Jr. “High on the Hog” Cook-off presented by Children’s Hospital raised $765,000 during the event March 28 at the City Park Festival Grounds. Nearly 30,000 people showed up for the event.

This year’s Hog of Fame inductees are Matt Colosino, of Porkin’ Gently, aka Lunchbox; Andrew Shuford, of Team March of the Pigs; and Jim Fein, volunteer extraordinaire, aka The Pope. The award represents continued dedication and service to the Hogs for the Cause organization.

Cook-off winners are:

HIGH ON THE HOG GRAND CHAMPION: Aporkalypse Now

SAUCE: Captain Porkenheimer

WHOLE HOG: Aporkalypse Now

SHOULDER/BUTT: Bacon Rouge

RIBS: Aporkalypse Now

PORKPOURRI: Swine Krewe

BOOTH: House of Hogs

FUNDRAISING: Fleur De Que

BEST FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY: Deuce Pigalow Pork Gigolo

FAN FAVORITE: Mr. Pigglesworth

Behind Fleur De Que, the top fundraisers were:

MORE THAN $60,000: The Boar’s Nest

MORE THAN $40,000: Fox Bros.

More than $30,000: Puerco Rico, The Death Chefs and Porque du Soleil

MORE THAN $20,000: Deuce Pigalow Pork Gigolo, Wild Hogs, Fat Buddies, Mr. Pigglesworth and Piggy Stardust

MORE THAN $10,000: Frey Smoked Meat Co., Sweet Swine O Mine, Hog Dat Nation, Chits & Piggles, Captain Porkenheimer, Team March of the Pigs, Squeal of Fortune and 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.