Hot handbags for a good cause

October 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A girl can never have enough handbags, and now you can get your hands on some of the most coveted bags in the world, all for a good cause! Hilary Newsom Callan, co-chair of this year's "This Old Bag" benefit auction, brings us a sneak preview.

This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse
A Benefit for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF)
W Hotel
181 Third Street
San Francisco, CA
Friday, October 16th at 6:30-9:30pm

$125 General Admission
$75 Under 35 Admission (Limited)

On October 16, 2009, Kaiser Permanente presents This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse, the fifth annual celebration of handbags benefiting BCEF hosted by W San Francisco. Guests will enjoy appetizers and cocktails while bidding on scores of handbags donated by fashion designers, celebrities and San Francisco's leading philanthropists. A live auction will showcase the most valuable and coveted bags paired with other exciting items like cruises, dining and entertainment packages, shopping sprees and more!

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Featured Bags
Bags featured on the show are all available for auction at "This Old Bag":

-- Prada Multi-colored Sequined Evening Clutch with Gold Details.

-- Mio Bossi Chocolate Brown Patent Leather Deluxe Mommy/Weekend Bag from Mom's the Word

-- Hermes Vintage Purple Birkin Bag from the collection of Ann Getty

-- Donald Pliner Black Patent Leather Satchel with Silver Ornamentation from Arthur Beren Shoes

-- Tod's Cream Boho Chic Fringed Bag Autographed by Sharon Stone

-- Longchamp "Parade" Black Goatskin Handbag with Military Button Details, from Longchamp's Fall 2009 "Must Have" Collection

-- Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Tote with Tiffany Blue Leather Trim, Notes Silk Scarf, & Sterling Silver Key Pendant

-- Cole Haan Lacquer Red "Phoebe" Small Triple Zip Satchel from Bloomingdale's

About the BCEF ( Breast Cancer Emergency Fund):
Since April 2001, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) has been providing emergency financial assistance to San Francisco's low-income women and men battling breast cancer. In August of 2009, BCEF began providing emergency financial assistance in San Mateo County. To date BCEF has awarded more than 1700 grants, totaling more than $800,000, helping our clients pay their rent, utilities, dental and medical bills while they were in active treatment and were too sick to work.

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