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“In the Bag” Event Raises Money for American Red Cross Services

November 22, 2013: The fourth annual “"In the Bag" charity event in support of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region was held on Friday, November 1st at the McLean Hilton Hotel. The sold out luncheon was attended by over 240 people and raised over $106,000 for the Red Cross through a silent auction of designer, celebrity, and vintage purses and raffle items, including an autographed Michael Kors handbag.

The three-hour event was organized by a steering committee of 41 local businesswomen and the event chair, Brenda Blisk, CEO of the Blisk Financial Group. Ms. Blisk, who founded the event in 2010, commented on the luncheon: “It was a big success, and everyone had an absolutely great time. There is no event like it.”

A highlight of the event was the featured speaker, Dr. Inge Guen, who spoke about her inspiring work with wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The money raised will support the services of American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. These services include disaster relief, first aid training, and assistance to military families.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.