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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. 

Emerge hosted its 10th annual signature Gala on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at The Varsity Theatre. With a new theme every year, attendees entered the world of the 1980s television series, Solid Gold! This year, more than $335,000 was raised for Emerge.

Event proceeds  support day-to-day operations at Emerge, allowing greater access to our services for more children with autism and individuals with communication challenges in our community.

Battle Against Autism is a series of events created by Chip and Sandi Robinson of Robinson Brothers Ford Lincoln to raise funds for 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. Over the past fifteen years, Battle Against Autism has raised more than $2 million for The Emerge Center.

A cocktail party and auction will be held on Sunday, October 13th at the home of Chip and Sandi Robinson.

The 2024 Battle Against Autism Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, October 14th, at The Country Club of Louisiana.

Click here to register your team.

The 53rd Anniversary of BRAVA will take place on Friday, November 1st, at The Renaissance Hotel.

Nominations for the 2024 Baton Rouge Volunteer Activist  awards are now open! Click here to nominate.

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. For further information click here

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.    

Click here to view photos from the 52nd Annual Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Luncheon.                                                   

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
  • -Supply Drive
  • -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.

To learn more about hosting an event for Emerge, contact us at