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.
Nicholas (Nick) Rauber, DDS, serves the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, community as both an accomplished dental practitioner and dedicated philanthropist. In addition to serving patients at his practice, Aesthetic Dentistry Group, Dr. Nick Rauber also spearheads the annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, which he founded to raise support and awareness for the American Diabetes Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association. A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Dr. Rauber recently received professional recognition from the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA).
In April 2015, the professional organization presented Dr. Rauber with its annual New Dentist Award at its 135th House of Delegates held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Each year, the LDA recognizes one outstanding dentist for his or her efforts to serve and enrich the wider community. The award program is open to dentists who have practiced for fewer than 10 years and highlights their achievements in the dental profession as well as their community service and civic involvement.
In addition to the quality of his work at Aesthetic Dentistry, the LDA honored Dr. Rauber for his service to organizations such as the LSU School of Dentistry and the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association. His charitable activities have also supported Give Kids A Smile Day, the LA Mission of Mercy, and the Dental Lifeline Network, as well as numerous philanthropic initiatives beyond the dental sector.
Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, founded the Swollfest fishing rodeo at the age of 17. Dr. Nick Rauber remains director of the now-prominent event, which has to date raised more than $900,000 for such charities as the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Swollfest has announced the calendar of events for its 2015 rodeo. The event officially begins on Thursday, June 11, when participants can begin to catch. Registration begins at 1 pm, and scales open officially the next day at 5:30 pm. Live music under the Sand Dollar Marina Pavilion also begins on Friday at 5:30 pm, although artists' tents will be present throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Registration officially ends at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 13. Live music featuring Tomplay begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:15 pm, at which time the Swollfest Awards Ceremony begins. The ceremony includes a drawing of raffle tickets that participants can purchase throughout the event. Live music resumes after the event and continues until the official close of the event on Sunday, June 14.
Along with his work at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nick Rauber, DDS, is the founder and director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, an annual fundraising event in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Dr. Nicholas Rauber has used the proceeds from the Swollfest Fishing Rodeo to support a number of charitable organizations over the past 18 years, including the nonprofit organization Cancer Services in Baton Rouge.
Among its many programs, Cancer Services maintains numerous educational initiatives to help clients better understand their cancer diagnosis. The organization’s Education Center provides clients and caregivers with access to the most accurate and current information on cancer-related matters in a welcoming library atmosphere. At the Education Center, visitors can reference more than 1,000 books and DVDs, obtain pamphlets for home use, and receive personalized assistance from the center’s full-time librarian.
Cancer Services also offers the Cancer 101 educational meeting, which is its longest operating support group that serves patients with cancer, especially newly diagnosed patients. For the monthly meeting, Cancer Services develops an informative program that features presentations from medical specialists and community members to help individuals and families learn about cancer, treatments, and survivorship.
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.