In The Bag Auction | Buy a Purse and Save a Life
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Helping Hands

IN THE BAG Charity Event Benefitting the American Red Cross

Launched in 2010, “IN THE BAG” is an annual charity event to support the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. Our women’s committee will auction off designer, vintage and celebrity pocketbooks to help fund the vital services provided by American Red Cross to our community.


Extending a Helping Hand

The IN THE BAG event is planned and staffed by a steering committee of local women leaders. These women volunteer their expertise to find sponsors, develop marketing, engage in traditional and online PR, and search out phenomenal bags from gracious donors. Hundreds of women gather each Fall for a great lunch, good conversation and the chance to nab a simply over-the-top gorgeous, trendy handbag. The event has consistently increased its donation to the Red Cross in each of the years since 2010.

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A Message from the American Red Cross

“We hope you will join us, again this year, meet other highly motivated, successful women and have fun bidding on unique and high end purses. At what other networking and fundraising event in the DC area can you enjoy a delicious lunch, have good conversation, nab a great bag, win a beautiful door prize or raffle package, and save and strengthen lives all at the same time?” — Linda Mathes, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region

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What we did in 2018


Included Vacation in Snowbird Mountain in Utah, Jewelry, Signed Caps Jersey, Shopping Spree, etc.


Successful Business Women, Local Leaders, Special Guests, Tiffany Circle Members, etc.


The silent auction handbags and our handbag drawings, which sold out before the luncheon started, raised a record $65,445


Helped to fund the vital services provided by American Red Cross to our community.

2019 Sponsors

Thank you for your generous sponsorship of the Annual “IN THE BAG Purses for Preparedness” event. By supporting our efforts, we all help the Red Cross deliver a humanitarian mission which touches the lives of thousands in our neighborhoods. BECOME A SPONSOR!