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Bags & Bourbon


2024 Bags & Bourbon

 Date & Time: October 24, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

Location: KeyBank State Theatre, Playhouse Square

This year’s event will feature a special recognition of Lee Friedman and her contributions to College Now and Northeast Ohio.

To learn more about our Sponsorship opportunities, please refer to the chart below.

 If you have any questions regarding the event, please reach out to Jess Vitale, Manager of Special Events at [email protected].


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.

Bags and Bourbon 2022 netted over $450,000 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.