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. 

The status of our 2021 events are to be determined due to COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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 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.

To view the results, please visit the Angling Against Autism webpage. 

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. Our gala is known as one of the city’s best parties and takes on a new theme every year. With 2016 came Emerge Into Dance, then Emerge Into Paradise, followed by Emerge Into The Journey, and Emerge A-Go-Go in 2019.

Amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, we developed a virtual gala in conjunction with our previously planned 60th anniversary reunion and 6th annual gala. The two-day event, Emerge Fest, took via social media on June 26 and 27. The unique event raised over $335,376 to support daily operations at both The Emerge Center and The Emerge School.

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.

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.

Information about registration for the 2020 Golf Tournament can be found here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next event will take place in 2021.

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.

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.

2021 Events

The status of our 2021 events are to be determined due to COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact us below.

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