Actively involved in community outreach endeavors, dental professional Dr. Nicholas Rauber is the founding director of the Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, a charity fundraising event. Dr. Nick Rauber has led the competition since its inception.
In 1997, at the age of 17, Dr. Nicholas Rauber joined a group of eight on a fishing trip to Grand Isle, Louisiana. The group held a friendly competition to determine who could catch the largest, or “swollest,” fish, and the contest became an annual event. Three years later, it had grown to include 52 participants, and the fifth anniversary marked its beginning as a charitable endeavor.
Participants in the 2002 Swollfest gathered sponsors to back their participation in the event. They then donated the raised funds to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), a charity chosen in honor of Nick Rauber's stepfather. The event was again a success and Swollfest continued to grow. It has since become one of the ADA's leading fundraisers in the area as well as a valued contributor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and a number of smaller local charities. Television, radio, and newspaper media have covered the event on numerous occasions, and the publicity brought the rodeo's total number of participants to over 550 in 2013. It continues as an annual event on Grand Isle and is open to the public by registration.
Since 2007, Nicholas Rauber has been practicing dentistry in partnership with Dr. Daniel O. Bankhead at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Nick Rauber and his experienced team provide both cosmetic and medical dental services that include extractions, fillings, veneers, and whitening. A dedicated philanthropist, Dr. Nicholas Rauber also supports a number of charitable causes, including the Give Kids a Smile program sponsored by the American Dental Association.
Established in 2003, Give Kids a Smile invites local dentists to join together and provide dental care for under-served children. With local and national events year-round, the event has helped more than 450,000 children receive screenings, treatment, and education from around 40,000 volunteers each year.
This year marked the 12th anniversary for the program, which celebrated with Give Kids A Smile Day on February 7.