Annual barbecue competition and fundraiser Hogs for the Cause announced that it will donate $2 million to Children’s Hospital.
The donation will fund the construction of an on-campus facility, The House that Hogs Built, to provide temporary housing for patients and their families.
“We have had a long-standing partnership with Hogs for the Cause over the years,” Mary Perrin, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital, said in a prepared statement. “This new commitment will help so many more families have access to the specialized care that we provide.”
The House that Hogs Built’s purpose is to provide a mini-hotel of sorts for families who come from outside New Orleans to stay while their children receive treatment at Children’s. The facility will feature 14 family suites with private bathrooms, flatscreen televisions, Wifi, and mini refrigerators. There will also be a common area that will include two family lounges, larger kitchen spaces and a laundry room. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is the architect.
The facility will be built on property the hospital owns at 210 State Street, which is part of the 17-acre site that housed the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital. Children’s purchased that site from the state of Louisiana for $29 million in 2014.
“This is truly a humbling day for Hogs for the Cause,” Hogs co-founder Becker Hall said in the statement. “It was always our mission to help those most in need while their children receive treatment but I never imagined we would grow our small pig roast into an organization that could make a multi-million dollar donation to the hospital. Our teams, sponsors and event attendees made this happen. They share our mission and clearly they have spoken. We are forever grateful for their blessing.”
The next Hogs for the Cause is March 30 – April 1. For the first time, the festival is moving from City Park to the grounds outside the UNO Lakefront Arena.