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.