The fourth annual pre-“Hogs for the Cause” gala dinner and kickoff for the two-day fundraising event featured a Godfather-themed Italian wedding feast coordinated by the Link Restaurant Group. “Tracksuits and bad tuxedos are required, slick mustaches are optional, but excessive romantic behavior is encouraged,” joked “Hogs for the Cause” Co-Founder Rene Louapre. “The gala dinner has become a fun way to showcase both the foods and talents of our region, while supporting a great cause … and who doesn’t love a little Godfather every once in awhile.” Louapre and Co-Founder Becker Hall offered guests a “wedding” toast.
Preceding the main event, a cocktail hour kicked off the party with cocktails featuring Cathead Vodka, Bristow Gin and Rougaroux Rum created and served by the Cure Co. team.
Set at The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in City Park, the kickoff event featured a Sicilian-inspired menu of antipasti platters, pasta, a meat course, wines provided by Neat Wines, Italian wedding cookies and even a wedding cake. The Eric Rodriguez Trip performed live music for entertainment. Emcee Mark Romig and Carey Bringle conducted the live auction. A silent auction included additional prizes.
“Hogs for the Cause” operates to help families with the financial burdens of caring for a child with brain cancer.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Hogs for the Cause: Italian Wedding Feast,” benefiting Hogs for the Cause
When: Thursday, March 31
Where: The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in City Park