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Bags & Bourbon


2022 Bags & Bourbon

Thank you to all who joined us in 2022 for Bags & Bourbon, it was a wonderful evening filled with cocktails, shopping for new and used designer handbags, bourbon tasting, and networking.

Bags & Bourbon raised an incredible $454,000 in support of the College Now Mentoring Program and its mission to help students succeed during their postsecondary journeys.

Thank you to the 2022 Bags & Bourbon co-chairs, Suzanne Aral-Boutros and Angie Ianiro Spitalieri, and to our generous 2022 Sponsors. 

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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.

Bag Lady 2019 netted over $425,000 for the College Now Mentoring Program. The generosity of our guests at that event has literally helped to change the lives of thousands of Northeast Ohio students as they pursue their college degrees.