Welcome, Junior League Members!

The Junior League of Baton Rouge has played a significant role in the history of the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, now Emerge.

This digital showcase has been created to highlight the League’s tremendous impact over the past 60 years. We invite you to join us in supporting the next 60 years of Emerge.

– Tanja Foil and Kathleen Howell, Junior League Legacy Luncheon Co-Chairs

60 Years of Collaboration

1960

The Junior League founded the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation (BRSHF). In this first year, 49 League members volunteered their time at the Foundation. 

1963

BRSHF moves to a larger space in University Terrace Elementary.

1965

Junior League presents world premiere of the movie "Cat Ballou" as a benefit for BRSHF.

The League donates $20,000 towards construction of a new building for BRSHF.

1966

Under the leadership of board member Kevin Reilly, Sr., BRSHF secures state, federal and private funding to build on land acquired for $5,000 adjacent to University Terrace Elementary.

1968

Junior League's Circus Cabaret raises $14,000 for BRSHF. 

Construction project costing $172,900 was completed and BRSHF moves to its new building on West Roosevelt Street.

1971

Junior League establishes the "Beautiful Activists" fundraiser, now known as the Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activists event, which is still held annually in the fall.

1980

BRSHF establishes an innovative group language preschool program for children with speech delays and autism. With nearly $200K in total annual funding provided by JLBR since 1968, BRSHF continues to thrive.  

1993

With support from JLBR volunteers, BRSHF provides increased activities for client families including Easter egg hunts, Mardi Gras parades, a Fall Festival, and Christmas pageants.

2004

Pilot program for children with autism begins in partnership with Dr. George Noell, LSU Department of Psychology. Four children begin receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidenced-based one-on-one therapy.

2009

Strategic plan funded by The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation sets the organization on a course for growth. BRSHF begins providing diagnoses for autism.

2011

With a skyrocketing demand for services, a $7million capital campaign begins to build a larger center. JLBR provides $20K to support these efforts. Additional supporters include: The Albemarle Foundation, The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, The Reilly Family, Mrs. Sue Turner and Matt and Sherri McKay.

2014

Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation rebrands to be The Emerge Center and moves to it's new, larger home on Innovation Park Drive. JLBR CAF Funds provide technology in Emerge’s Parent Resource room for traveling parents to access resources in a comfortable setting while their child receives services.

2017

JLBR pledges financial support to host the Wine and Cheese Reception at Emerge for Volunteer Activists.

2018
The Emerge Foundation launches, providing philanthropic support to The Emerge Center and The Emerge School. The Emerge School opens, serving 20 kindergarteners within two classrooms at the Center. Launch of a $2 million capital campaign to build the School on Emerge’s campus.
2019

JLBR pledges support to outfit a classroom at The Emerge School.

2020

Construction is completed on The Emerge School at Innovation Park Drive. JLBR partners with Emerge as lead sponsor of our 60th anniversary celebrations.

Today

The Emerge Enterprise looks forward to the future with a continued spirit of innovation and collaboration to provide broad access to services for all.

Thank you to our 60th Anniversary Committee

Winnie Byrd, Honorary Chair
In Memoriam (1925-2020)

Leslie and Scott Berg
Lori Bertman
Bobbie Carey
Alicia Coenen
Melissa DeGeneres
Cordell Haymon
Rachel Howell
Sugar McAdams
Adrienne Moore
George Noell, PhD
Nial Patel
Robert Pettit
Jan Ross
Steve Smith
Meg Sprunger
Kelli Bondy Troutman
Sue Turner
Roberta Carona Vicari, M.D.
Colleen and Stephen Waguespack

Leslie and Scott Berg
Lori Bertman
Bobbie Carey
Alicia Coenen
Melissa DeGeneres
Cordell Haymon
Rachel Howell
Sugar McAdams
Adrienne Moore
George Noell, PhD
Nial Patel
Robert Pettit
Jan Ross
Steve Smith
Meg Sprunger
Kelli Bondy Troutman
Sue Turner
Roberta Carona Vicari, M.D.
Colleen and Stephen Waguespack

A Parent's Perspective

Emerge Today

Thank you to our Junior League supporters!

Judy and Frank Foil
Tanja Foil
Nell McAnelly
Charlene Montelaro
Martha Rome

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