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.
“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
Included Vacation in Hilton Head, Jewelry, Sports Tickets, Shopping Spree, etc.
Successful Business Women, Local Leaders, Special Guests, Tiffany Circle Members, etc.
The purses donated resulted in over $54,000 raised — the biggest revenue generator of the event.
Helped to fund the vital services provided by American Red Cross to our community.
Our 2017 Sponsors
Thank you for your generous sponsorship of the 2017 Seventh Annual “IN THE BAG VIII: 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!
"Volunteering for IN THE BAG has been one of my favorite and most rewarding philanthropic experiences. What makes being part of ITB extraordinarily special is working with the amazing women who comprise the Steering Committee along with our charismatic Founder, Brenda Blisk."
Taralyn Kohler, Steering Committee Member
"This spectacular event has netted over $350K for American Red Cross services to support people in our community every day."
Linda Mathes, CEO, Amercan Red Cross in the National Captal Region
“Where else can you go for lunch, network, and have fun bidding on designer purses designer purses and give back to your community?”
“There is nothing we can’t accomplish when a group of great women get together!”
“They make this event, not only one of our highest netting fundraisers in our region, but also the most fun and unique.
Denise Miller, Executive Director, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region
"It’s a fun filled afternoon beginning with seeing old friends, making new acquaintances, a delicious lunch and above all bidding on beautiful handbags, all to benefit the Red Cross and the work they continue to do in the National Capital Region."
Betsy Carson, Steering Committee Member
"Love, love, love the work we do for the Red Cross. And... Most of all I really enjoy the ladies on the committee. A fun group."
Dorri C. Scott, CEO/Publisher, Ruby Red Press-WOMAN Media