JANUARY 24, 2019 CancerLINC NEWS

Bags and Bourbon Benefit Auction Bigger and Better

Mary Sadovszky knows a great handbag when she sees one.  For the last seven years, she and Terri Circeo have co-chaired CancerLINC's signature fundraiser, Bags and Bourbon, formerly It's in the Bag.

"It's fun planning the event.  It's exciting seeing what people are bringing in and what people are donating," Mrs. Sadovszky said. "I love accessories, handbags, jewelry and shoes.  I probably have a bit of a problem, and this bag event hasn't helped," she added jokingly.

She and a team of extraordinary volunteers are putting the final touches on the popular live and silent handbag auction, which will be held on March 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at The Westin Richmond.  Tickets are already on sale, and the early bird special ends on Feb. 15.

Donations have been pouring in, and more than 100 designer and one-of-a-kind handbags from across the United States have been donated.  Noted handbag designer, Thaddeus Du Bois, is again donating several bags.


This year's event will be even bigger and better than ever, Mrs. Sadovszky said.  "We do have a lot of changes this year.  We will have mobile bidding, casino games and a bourbon bar."

While handbags are still the main attraction, the event is expanding to add more variety, and there will be many other interesting items to bid on, such as sports bags for men and even an Xbox. 

There will also be raffles, and two of the old favorites, the Jolly Trolley and Beer Barrel, are being brought back this year.

The money raised will help CancerLINC support cancer patients with legal and financial planning needs.  "This is such a great organization.  Everything we do is helping local people in this area," Mrs. Sadovszky said.  

Bags and Bourbon Benefit is such a fun event, she added.  And with the mobile bidding app, guests don't have to be at the auction table during the bidding.  They can socialize, play games and enjoy the evening.  "I think everybody will have a lot of fun, and the bottom line is this is all for CancerLINC."