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. 

Our annual Gala was held on May 14, 2022.  The event was a tremendous success, raising more than $180,000 to directly support Emerge’s programs and services for children with autism and individuals with communication challenges. Thank you for your continued support.

Each year this event raises critical funds for our daily operations, 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.

For more information, please visit our Gala Event Page

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 eleven years, the annual car raffle, party and auction, and team golf tournament have raised over $1.4 million for The Emerge Center.

This year’s tournament will be on Monday, October 10, 2022 at The Country Club of Louisiana. 

The 51st Anniversary of BRAVA will take place on Friday, November 18, 2022 at the Renaissance Hotel.  

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. 

View our event page 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.

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

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