Bag Lady 2019

Bag Lady 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined  us at Bag Lady on September 12, 2019, at the Great Lakes Science Center. Over 600 individuals attended the event, bidding on new, like-new, and vintage handbags, as well as incredible experience packages, to benefit the College Now Mentoring Program. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

With the support of everyone who attended, we netted over $400,000 for the College Now Mentoring Program. Your generosity has literally helped to change the lives of thousands of Northeast Ohio students as they pursue their college degrees!

Thank you to our incredible event co-chairs, Suzanne Aral-Boutros and Trina Evans, for their unparalleled leadership; the sponsors who made this event possible, including KeyBank, our exclusive title sponsor; the Host Committee and 2019 Men’s Committee members; the Bag Lady Executive Advisory Committee; our program panelists Margot Copeland, Leah Hudnall, and Shelby Roberts; all those who donated handbags, accessories, or other items for the auction; the College Now Board of Directors; and the College Now staff, all of whom were unbelievable volunteers at the event.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the event or would like to get involved in the planning of future Bag Lady events. You can also like Bag Lady on Facebook and follow Bag Lady on Instagram to stay connected.


Inspired by a similar event in Palm Beach, FL., College Now held our 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 biennial event has doubled in attendance, auction items and proceeds, all of which benefit College Now’s innovative Mentoring Program.