In The Bag Auction | Event 2018
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The Event

 Silent Auction of Designer Handbags and Luncheon

Since its first small gathering almost 9 years ago, the IN THE BAG charity luncheon has netted over $590,000 in critical relief funds that have allowed The American Red Cross of the National Capital region to help needy families following disasters. This is an amazing testament to the generosity of our community and it is also a powerful statement about the concern and commitment of all of the women who work year after year to make this event one that can, quite literally, move ladies to open their purses for the good of others.

SPEAKER

LINDA MATHES, CEO American Red Cross of the National Capital Region

Linda Mathes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. Ms. Mathes is charged with responsibility to carry out the mission of the American Red Cross throughout this regional community and to support other communities across the country and around the world.

Ms. Mathes began her career with the Red Cross in 1973 at the Dallas County Chapter/Northeast Texas Division. She served in several leadership positions at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, DC from 1978-1986; Executive Director of the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Red Cross Chapter in Pennsylvania from 1986-1991; and was appointed CEO of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area in 1991.

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EVENT FOUNDER & CHAIR

BRENDA BLISK

Brenda Blisk is President, and owner of Blisk Financial Group. Brenda’s built a solid record of accomplishments and a reputation for excellence among the Blisk Financial Group clients and colleagues. Brenda is actively involved in her church and community serving in a variety of leadership roles with The Capital Speakers Club of Washington, D.C., Women in Technology, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and a Tiffany Circle member of the American Red Cross.

In 2010, she founded and is the chairwoman of the now infamous “IN THE BAG” luncheon and silent auction of ladies handbags where all the proceeds go to benefit the work of the local American Red Cross. Over the past years, this event netted over $350,000 for the Red Cross. Brenda and her husband live in Tysons Corner and relishes time with family and friends.

VOLUNTEERS

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

The IN THE BAG Luncheon and Silent Auction 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. In planning for this November’s IN THE BAG charity luncheon, the Steering Committee wanted to find ways to make this year truly spectacular. The committee is working to make it not only a wonderful way to spend an afternoon but also a day of giving that surpasses the donations of all other years.

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Check back often…more details to come!