In The Bag Auction | Thank You
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Thank You!

A Message from Linda Mathes

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Dear Friend of the American Red Cross:


As our inspiring In the Bag Chair and Founder Brenda Blisk has said,


“There is nothing we can’t accomplish when a group of great women get together!”


That certainly has been true for the past 6 years as Brenda and an amazing group of women have planned and carried out the uniquely successful IN THE BAG: Purses for Preparedness Luncheon. This spectacular event has netted over $450K for American Red Cross services to support people in our community every day.


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?


Your support of the 7th Annual IN THE BAG event supports the mission of the American Red Cross. Our volunteers meet every planeload of wounded, sick and injured who arrive from overseas at Joint Base Andrews each week. Over a thousand of our volunteers continue to support them at military hospitals and installations in our community. Hundreds of volunteers help us help families whose lives are devastated by the hundreds of fires and other disasters that occur in our community every year. Hundreds of volunteers and community groups help us year round canvas neighborhoods and go door-to-door to discuss preparedness and install smoke alarms to save more lives. Young people volunteer time to help us reach thousands of local residents. We partner with dozens of community organizations and companies to serve people throughout the region.


Every contribution through the In the Bag Luncheon helps us accomplish this work.


I hope to see you at In the Bag Luncheon VII– you don’t want to miss it, I promise!


On behalf of the many men, women and children who will benefit, thank you in advance for your support and participation.


Warm regards,

Linda C. Mathes

Chief Executive Officer

American Red Cross In the National Capital Region

We welcome you to join this inspiring community and encourage you to help spread the word about this fun, unique event!