Community Events to Support The Emerge Center

4th ANNUAL SIGNATURE GALA  – May 19, 2018

Air out your parachute pants and tease those bangs, baby! It’s 80’s night and our 4th annual gala is going to be totally rad.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
212 S. 14th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
6:30PM – 10:30PM
80’S GLAM ATTIRE with prizes for best individual and group costumes!

Opening Act: The Molly Ringwalds

Headlining Performance: A Tribute to Journey by the Steve Augeri Band, featuring former lead singer of Journey, Steve Augeri.

Tickets on sale March 19th.

We are now accepting sponsorships for the 2018 gala. View the sponsorship form HERE, or contact Julie Chappell at

Watch the theme reveal video!




The Angling Against Autism team bass tournament has benefited our center since 2011. 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 2018 tournament took place on March 3, 2018. In addition to the fishing tournament, the day-long event at Cabela’s features a wild game and seafood cook-off, silent auction, and kid’s zone. Since 2011, the event has raised over $300,000.

A scholarship 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 through the 2017 and 2018 events have directly supported this fund.

View the 2018 tournament results here.



The 8th annual Battle Against Autism, presented by Robinson Brothers Ford Lincoln, was another tremendous success! All proceeds from the 2017 car raffle, auction, and golf tournament will go directly towards our therapy programs for young children with autism. We are honored to have the continued support of Robinson Brothers and our incredible attendees year after year to keep BAA a vital fundraiser for Emerge!

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. Over the past eight years, the annual car raffle, party and auction, and team golf tournament have raised nearly $1,000,000 for The Emerge Center.

If you would like more information about the event, please contact Julie Chappell at



Emerge has hosted the Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activists since 1971. The awards luncheon honors those who give of their time and talents to organizations across our community, and raises critical funds for our center. For a list of all previous Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activists, please click here.