Since 1971, Emerge has recognized volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Baton Rouge community. In the past five decades, more than 400 Volunteer Activists have been honored. 

2023 Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist Luncheon

The 52nd Anniversary of BRAVA will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. 

Schedule of Events:

11 A.M. Champagne Service and Seating

11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. Luncheon

Each year, this awards luncheon honors a class of individuals who give their time and talents to organizations across our community, above and beyond volunteer requirements, for the betterment of the Greater Baton Rouge area. 

We are thrilled to announce that Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry will be our presenting sponsor for the Annual BRAVA Awards Luncheon for the next 3 years! 

To become a sponsor please contact Ashley McDermott or click here for more information. 

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.

Nominations will open in June 2023. 


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To view the past honorees, please click here.