These annual events play a critical role in supporting the Emerge mission. We are grateful to our community for helping to make each of our events a tremendous success. 

To respect the safety and well-being of our community, we have reimagined our Annual Gala and 60th Anniversary Reunion by combining them into one virtual fundraiser. Introducing Emerge Fest: A virtual 60th anniversary celebration! Get all the details on this unique 2-day event here.

Battle Against Autism is a series of events created by Chip & Sandi Robinson of Robinson Brothers Ford Lincoln to raise funds for the The Emerge Center to assist in the growth of the Autism program. The Robinsons are passionate about raising awareness and acceptance of those living with autism. For ten years, the annual car raffle, party and auction, and team golf tournament have raised over $1.3 million for The Emerge Center.

Donate to support Emerge through BRAVA, or honor a 2019 activist!

The 48th annual Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist awards took place on Friday, November 22, 2019, at The Renaissance Hotel. The 2019 honorees were: Susan Eaton, Lillie Petit Gallagher, Roberta Guillory, Kathleen Howell, Ernesto Johnson, Mathew Laborde, Darrel Papillion, Nial Patel, Skip Philips, Kathy Fletcher Victorian, and Emerging Activist: Skye Taylor.

Each year, this awards luncheon honors a class of individuals who give of their time and talents to organizations across our community, above and beyond volunteer requirements, for the betterment of the Greater Baton Rouge area. For the second year, we will also honor a special Emerging Activist, recognizing one individual, age 18 or younger, who has been involved in significant volunteer activities.

Emerge has hosted the Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activists since 1971. For a list of all previous Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activists, please click here.

The Angling Against Autism team bass tournament has benefited our center since 2012. The event is led by Angie and Moonie Bergeron, former Emerge parents and owners of Bergeron’s Boudin & Cajun Meats. In 2017, the event doubled in size, bringing in over 300 fishermen and consisting of day-long, family friend events and tournament weigh-in at Cabela’s. The 2020 tournament took place on March 7, 2020. Since 2012, the event has raised over $420,000 for Emerge.

A scholarship fund in the name of J. Arthur Bergeron and Lana Valley Estopinal has been established by the Bergeron’s so that more families can access Emerge’s services. All funds raised since 2017 have directly supported this fund.

If you’re looking for a hands-on way to support Emerge, consider hosting an event! There are many creative ways your office, school, community group, or you personally can raise money to help support our mission. Here are just a few ideas:

  • -Bake Sale
  • -Jeans/Dress Down Day
  • -5k in honor of a loved one
  • -Car Wash
  • -Raffle

Gifts of any amount help us provide the highest quality of care to the children who can benefit from our life changing services.

Learn more about hosting an event for Emerge.

2020 Events

March 7 – Angling Against Autism

June 26 & 27 – Emerge Fest

September 13, 14 – Battle Against Autism

November 13 – Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activists

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