Events to Support The Emerge Center



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The 48th annual Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist awards will take place on Friday, November 22, 2019, at The Renaissance Hotel. Doors and seating will be at 11:00 am, and the luncheon will take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

The 2019 honorees are:

Susan Eaton
Lillie Petit Gallagher
Roberta Guillory
Kathleen Howell
Ernesto Johnson
Mathew Laborde
Darrel Papillion
Nial Patel
Skip Philips
Kathy Fletcher Victorian
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.


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 2019 tournament took place on March 2, 2019. Since 2012, the event has raised over $350,000.

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 since 2017 have directly supported this fund.

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th annual event will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020. More details coming soon.



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. With 2016 came Emerge Into Dance, 2017 was Emerge Into Paradise, and 2018 was Emerge Into The Journey. The 2019 gala, Emerge A-Go-Go, was held on May 11. Each year this event raises critical funds for the daily operations at our center, 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.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2020 gala will be held on Saturday, May 9.


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.

Want to Host an Event?

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. If you would like to discuss these and more opportunities, please contact Julie Chappell at (225) 663-6914 or


The Emerge Foundation is a 501c3 charitable tax exempt organization and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.