Some of the biggest names in Cajun, Country and Contemporary music are getting together for a great cause - to raise money for the St. Thomas More Options Program (Special Needs) and The Healing House (Grieving Children & Families).

Hopefest is happening on April 18 from noon till 9:30 p.m. at Parc International. The sensational music lineup: Acadiana Showcase, Charme & The Melophobia, FoxFire, STM alum & The Voice contestant MacKenzie Bourg, River Gibson, Jaryd Lane and Tracy Lawrence!

In addition to the live music, there will be food including boiled crawfish and bar-be-que, face painting, fun jumps, games for the kids and a silent auction with vacation trips.

This is the 9th annual event for Hopefest, which has benefitted other great charities across Acadiana in past years, charities such as the Downs Syndrome Association of Acadiana, Autism Society, Family Missions, Hearts of Hope and more.

Tickets are $20 in advance ($35 Walk Up; $5 Kids 10 & Under). You can pick them up at Eventbrite or at STM.

For more information, contact Hopefest Event Coordinator Lance Strother, Director of Campus Ministry and Assistant Football Coach at STM. You can also visit stmcougars.net.