Bag Lady Luncheon


Inspired by a similar event in Palm Beach, FL, College Now Greater Cleveland held its first Bag Lady Luncheon on September 26, 2013. The event exceeded the ambitious objectives of Judi Embrescia and Sally Stewart, the founders and co-chairs of the 2013 event, netting over $160,000. Since 2013, the biannual event has doubled in attendance, auction items and proceeds, all of which benefit College Now’s innovative Mentoring Program.

2017 Bag Lady Luncheon

The 2017 Bag Lady Luncheon will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Cleveland Convention Center. The 2017 Co-Chairs are Rita Andolsen, Director, System Communications, The MetroHealth System; Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager, WKYC; and Trina Evans, Executive Vice President, KeyBank.

We are pleased to announce that Dee Haslam, Owner, Cleveland Browns; Partner, Pilot Corporation; and CEO, Rivr Media Companies, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Bag Lady Luncheon.

The 2017 auction will open at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon will begin at noon.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We would like to extend a special thanks to the Luncheon’s presenting sponsor, KeyBank! College Now provides a number of different sponsorship opportunities for the Bag Lady Luncheon. To learn more about these options and how to get your company or organization involved, please contact Lauren Mastracco at (216) 635-0173 or

Bag Collection Parties

Interested in getting involved in the luncheon and helping College Now to spread the word about the Mentoring Program? Sign up today to host a Bag Collection Party! It is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Name your venue and collection party date
  2. Determine your guest list
  3. Call College Now – we’ll handle the rest!

Bag Lady relies on the support of those in the community to collect all of the beautiful handbags to be auctioned at the luncheon. Please contact Lauren Mastracco at (216) 635-0173 or to help donate. All handbag and monetary donations are tax deductible.

Amazon Wish List

This year, Bag Lady has a wish list! If you would like to donate a new bag and wonder what type of bag would be most please visit our Amazon wish list by clicking here to check out the list!

Join Us for Bag Lady 2017!

Support this unique event on October 6, 2017 benefitting College Now’s innovative Mentoring Program with a donation, ticket purchase ($250) or a table sponsorship ($2,000).