In 2017, the Board of Directors and executive leadership of The Emerge Center completed a three-year Strategic Plan that leverages the history and track record of Emerge to position the non-profit organization for sustainable growth in its services for children with autism and communication challenges.  In 2018, The Emerge Foundation was created to ensure coordinated and streamlined fundraising for both the Center and School.

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 2011. 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 2019 tournament took place on March 2, 2019. Since 2012, the event has raised over $350,000.

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.

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th annual event will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020. More details coming soon.

In 2015, we hosted our inaugural signature gala, Emerge Into Song. For the first time in our history, we produced an event that we knew would continue annually, growing each year and providing invaluable support to our center. With 2016 came Emerge Into Dance, 2017 was Emerge Into Paradise, and 2018 was Emerge Into The Journey. The 2019 gala, Emerge A-Go-Go, was held on May 11. Each year this event raises critical funds for the daily operations at our center, allowing greater access to our services for more children who need us. We are thankful to The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation, who has been the presenting sponsor for our gala since its inception.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2020 gala will be held on Saturday, May 9.

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.

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

May 9 – Annual Gala

August 15 – 60th Reunion

September – Battle Against Autism

November 13 – Volunteer Activists

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