A New Orleans native and graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Rauber serves patients at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. Dr. Nick Rauber also donates a great deal of his free time to local philanthropic causes, including the annual Swollfest charity fishing tournament.
Each year, Swollfest brings thousands of volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and competitors to Grand Isle, Louisiana, for the city’s most noteworthy fishing rodeo. More than just a fishing tournament, Swollfest offers an opportunity for local residents to come together in support of philanthropic causes, and it has donated over $1.2 million to groups including Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Heroes on the Water, and the Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families. In addition, Swollfest serves as a celebration of regional art, music, and culture. Each year, the event selects a local artist to design the promotional poster for the annual charity fishing rodeo.
For the 2017 Swollfest, which marked the 20th anniversary of the event, rodeo organizers tapped multimedia artist Tami Curtis. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University holding degrees in both art education and graphic design, Ms. Curtis has embarked on an artistic career including tenures as a public and private school art teacher; an art museum education coordinator; and an entrepreneur. Experienced in creative mediums including two-dimensional art, hand-painted fabric, and pottery, Tami Curtis frequently incorporates diverse materials, such as pieces of tapestry or salvaged architectural features, into her unique and vibrant pieces. In general, her work reflects and celebrates the rich culture of Louisiana, exploring its spirited history and music through equally vibrant colors and brush strokes.
Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Rauber serves as a dental surgeon at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he provides a comprehensive array of dental services. An active participant in numerous humanitarian and community causes, Nick Rauber, DDS, is also the founder and director of a local charitable fishing tournament known as Swollfest.
Swollfest brings together the residents of Southern Louisiana for a weekend of fishing and community. Families from throughout the region gather at Grand Isle each year for the event, and attendance has grown to include more than 600 registered participants and thousands of spectators. The tournament is divided into five general divisions: Kayak Champion, Offshore, Inshore, Deep Drop, and Overall Swollest Fish.
Known to locals as a “fishing rodeo,” the fishing tournament maintains an unwavering dedication to supporting charitable causes and contributes to several major and minor charities. Swollfest's major beneficiary is Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital as well as other beneficiaries including MDA Summer Camp, Heroes on the Water, Swollfest Outdoor Wish Foundation, St. Elizabeth Foundation, Grand Isle School, and the Sportsmen's Foundation for Military Families.. In addition, Swollfest acts as a vehicle for community outreach and enables young volunteers to earn community service hours.
Since its establishment in 1997, the event has also implemented the Inspirational Award in order to honor disabled children and veterans in the community. Recipients of the award receive special recognition at the end of Swollfest and an all-expenses-paid hunting or fishing trip through the Swollfest Outdoor Wish Foundation.
Having obtained his DDS from the Louisiana State University dental school, Dr. Nicholas Rauber has spent nearly a decade at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. In this position, Dr. Nick Rauber provides patients with a range of dental services, from fillings to root canal therapy. Dr. Nick Rauber founded the Swollfest fishing rodeo, a charity event benefiting the American Diabetes Association and other nonprofits.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides a number of resources to individuals living with diabetes, including tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits while spending the night out at a restaurant.
To begin, individuals should have a firm understanding of when they will be dining, particularly if they need to take an insulin shot or diabetes medication. People with diabetes should discuss insulin doses and eating times with a trusted medical professional.
Ordering from a restaurant is another critical process for individuals living with diabetes. Though dietary habits and goals can differ considerably from one person to the next, it is important to patronize restaurants that offer an array of choices when it comes to limiting salt intake, increasing fiber, and other nutrition priorities. Those with diabetes should not hesitate to make certain requests, if possible, such as declining any extra butter or salt during the preparation process. To learn more, visit www.diabetes.org.
In 2009, Nichloas Rauber, DDS, was named among the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s 40 Under 40, recognizing his achievements as both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Dr. Nick Rauber has been a founding member of multiple charities, beginning with the Swollfest fishing rodeo in 1997, which has grown to raise over a million dollars to date on behalf of several organizations. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is one such beneficiary, which is unsurprising considering that the impetus for his philanthropy was an experience at an MDA summer camp, where he saw the effects of muscular dystrophy firsthand.
Muscular dystrophy can take many forms, but they share similar causes and symptoms - each results from a specific gene, and produces varying degrees of muscle weakness. At the MDA camp, Nick cared for one young man in particular who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of the disease, which normally affects boys starting at two to three years of age. Other relatively frequent forms include Becker muscular dystrophy, which is similar to Duchenne but typically begins showing symptoms during adolescence or early adulthood, and Steinert’s disease, which is the most common form among adults, resulting in the inability to relax muscles after contracting them.
There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, but several treatments have been developed that can allow those with this disease to have active and independent lives much longer than they might otherwise. Corticosteroids can help delay the development of the disease by bolstering muscle strength, and a regimen of low-impact exercises can help maintain strength and flexibility. Support for weakened muscles and mobility assistance can also be offered by braces, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, which can often be provided by the MDA’s National Equipment Program and its generous supporters.
A DDS and recipient of the 2015 New Dentist Award, Dr. Nick Rauber performs aesthetic procedures like veneers for patients interested in a better smile. A dentist active in his broader community, Dr. Nick Rauber established Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, a Louisiana-based not-for-profit organization that has raised over $1,200,000 for health-related causes.
When patients go to an oral health care provider like Dr. Nicholas Rauber and request veneers, it is usually because they have problems that negatively impact the appearance of their teeth. For instance, the surface of their teeth may be pitted, chipped, or discolored. Though the cost of veneers varies, patients can expect great results.
Veneers can help address tooth defects by replacing discolored or fractured enamel with a very thin layer of porcelain. In some situations, the procedure does not require anesthesia and involves a dentist carefully excising a portion of the natural tooth enamel in preparation for the placement of the veneers.
Following that, the dentist will make special tooth measurements and send those measurements to a lab, which in turn constructs the veneers. For the interim period while the lab does its work, patients are fitted with temporary veneers. When the final product is ready, the dentist bonds the veneers to teeth with a special adhesive.
Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, is a partner at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before embarking on his dental career, Dr. Nick Rauber founded Swollfest Fishing Rodeo at 17 years old. Each year, this fishing tournament raises funding for the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, bringing in 500 to 600 participants to fish for the biggest catch off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. For those angling for saltwater fish, it’s good to keep the following tips in mind:
- Sometimes, participants may want to release a fish from the line if the catch is too small or is not the correct species. To prevent injury to fish that are released, try using a circle hook, or a J-hook with the barb taken off. Additionally, do not keep a keep a fish out of water for longer than you are capable of holding your breath.
- For the best chance at attracting a fish, use new lures that shine brightly. Research the type of fish you want to catch to find out which colors and shapes it finds most attractive. Depending on the species, it may be in a participant’s best interest to use live bait instead of a lure.
- Fishing equipment can be damaged by saltwater. To care for reels after saltwater fishing, soak them in a bucket of freshwater for several hours before drying and storing them. Additionally, be sure to lubricate reels periodically to prevent the need for expensive repairs.
The Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) recently presented the New Dentist Award to Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS. This accolade is given to philanthropic dental professionals who have been practicing for less than a decade. Dr. Nick Rauber earned this award for his nonprofit work with such programs as the LA Mission of Mercy and the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic.
The LDA esteems civic involvement and public service work, and it encourages such efforts in its promotion of the National Children’s Dental Health Month in February each year. During this month, the nonprofit program Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) provides a day of access to pro bono dental screenings, services, and education to children without access to regular dental care. In pursuit of its philanthropic mission, the Louisiana Dental Association also sponsors the LDA Foundation, which offers grant opportunities to people and foundations that provide clinical research, education, and access to care programs that better the state of oral health care in Louisiana.
A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Nicholas "Nick" Rauber, DDS has practiced as a partner at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge since 2007. Dr. Nick Rauber is also founding director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, an annual three-day fishing tournament that draws participants from across the United States in support of various charities, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
The origins of Swollfest date back to 1997, when Dr. Rauber was a junior in high school. After brainstorming the idea at a backyard barbecue, he and two of his classmates, as well as their fathers and two additional friends, embarked for a weekend of fishing at Grand Isle. There, the eight original Swollfest participants competed to catch the “swollest” fish and take home a small, simple trophy.
The group returned the following year with 10 new participants, as well as new competition categories and official Swollfest t-shirts. By its fourth year, the event comprised more than 50 participants, and in 2001, Swollfest launched its philanthropic efforts. The fifth annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo kicked off the event’s charitable focus by raising funds for the American Diabetes Association, which Dr. Rauber selected to honor a close family member with Type 1 diabetes: his stepfather, Sid Seruntine. Since then, Swollfest has grown to become one of the largest fishing tournaments in Grand Isle. The event benefits from the support of numerous local sponsors, volunteers, and supporters, including the local artists who have created each year’s poster and t-shirt designs. Over the course of nearly two decades, Swollfest Fishing Rodeo has raised nearly $1 million for a number of charitable causes.
Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Rauber earned his DDS from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and subsequently formed the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in collaboration with Dr. Daniel O. Bankhead. He continues to serve as director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, which he founded at the age of 17. Through this three-day tournament, Dr. Nick Rauber supports the work of charitable organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
A passionate painter and the founder of VigoBOOM! Designs, “RK” Rowell assisted with the creation of the first poster for the 12th Annual Swollfest in 2008. This was Rowell's first experience painting for a fishing rodeo, but his rough sketches quickly won approval. His distinctive style fit well with the Swollfest approach.
RK Rowell's exceptional work earned him the title of official artist for Swollfest. He started a tradition that continues today - each year, a different local artist will paint the annual poster. His passing in 2009 left many sad, but his legacy continues at Swollfest, where artists such as Lauren Barksdale Hill and Mickey Asche have held his post as official artists.
Nick Rauber, DDS, combines his dental career at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group with his role as the director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, a fundraising event in Grand Isle, Louisiana. On top of these pursuits, Dr. Nicholas Rauber contributes to a wide range of charitable organizations in his community, including the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).
The CCA is dedicated to the conservation of marine resources through various advocacy efforts, educational initiatives, and preservation projects. In Louisiana, the CCA most recently started construction on an artificial reef system designed to safeguard seafloor depressions that were caused by the dominant current around Ship Shoal 26, which is locally referred to as “the Pickets.”
The Pickets Reef will incorporate an estimated 14,000 tons of limestone across three artificial reefs that were specifically engineered for the project. The artificial reef will provide protection to the scour holes and create extra habitat for the surrounding marine life, while ensuring that the site will be an enjoyable fishing reef for future generations.
CCA Louisiana launched the $1.2 million project in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Artificial Reef Trust Fund, Fieldwood Energy, and Apache Corporation. According to the CCA, the Pickets Reef is the 14th reef CCA Louisiana has built since 2004, and the 10th reef funded by the Artificial Reef Trust Fund and CCA Louisiana.