Silence of da Hams presents Hogs for the Cause West IV at Crystal Bay |

Silence of da Hams presents Hogs for the Cause West IV at Crystal Bay

On Sept. 6-7, Crystal Bay Casino will be hosting the fourth annual “Hogs for the Cause West” benefit fundraiser.

Hogs for the Cause is a nonprofit organization that began in 2009, when a group of folks hosted a pig roast in a park to raise money for a young boy named Ben Sarrat. Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family.

Fast-forward 10 years and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. The charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.

In March, the New Orleans event drew 90+ teams competing in various barbecue competitions, over 30,000 supporters and raised 1.3 million dollars. The local Silence of da Hams team won first place in 2018 in the Whole Hog competition. All funds raised are returned as grants to families in need of financial assistance during their struggle. Hogs for the Cause West was able to assist two Northern Nevada families through the Renown pediatric oncology department.

“Both families were required to travel out-of-state for highly specialized treatment for their child, and the financial assistance from Hogs for the Cause was absolutely essential in paying for the costs of travel including hotels, gas, and food,” said Marina Murphy, social worker, outpatient pediatrics, at Renown Hospital. “One mother was especially grateful for the speed with which she received the funds, as the family was informed with very little notice of the need to bring their daughter to Utah for treatment.”

On Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. a team of New Orleans celebrity chefs (Silence of da Hams), Mike Brewer (executive chef of Copper Vine & past “King of Louisiana Seafood”), Tory McPhail (executive chef of Commander’s Palace and James Beard winner), Justin Kennedy (general manager/head chef of Parkway Bakery and Tavern), Chris Montero (executive chef of Napoleon House) and Jared Ralls (former executive chef and partner of La Boca and Primitivo) will be taking over the Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster House for tye Hogs for the Cause Gala. The guest chefs showcase their talents with each preparing a specialty course paired with fine wines donated by Duckhorn Vineyards. Prizes will also be raffled off during the multi-course dinner. Seating is very limited for this event; tickets are $125 per person; and ages 21 and over only please.

At noon Sept. 7, the festivities move outside to our backyard courtyard where our Silence of the Hams crew come together with several local chefs showcasing their culinary BBQ expertise in a friendly competition. In addition to the good eats there will be adult beverages (and beverages for the kids), live outside music featuring seven-piece funk/soul band Collectivity, from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A silent auction with celebrity autographed memorabilia along with items donated from local businesses will be hosted. All proceeds from food & drink sales and silent auction will benefit the Hogs for the Cause Foundation.

Later that evening, the Hogs for the Cause Weekend will be capped off with a ticketed show in the Crown Room showcasing Con Brio, a San Francisco seven-piece soul and R&B band. Supporting Con Brio will be The Stone Foxes a great rock band also from the Bay Area. Tickets are on sale now at $20 advance and $25 day of show; Doors 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. (21 and over).

Tickets available at the casino or through Ticketmaster and For information or if you wish to donate to the Hogs for the Cause Outdoor BBQ silent auction, contact Sam Shear at 775-833-6333 ext.1203. For additional information on the “Hogs for the Cause” Foundation please visit the website

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