12th Annual YWCA Old Bags Luncheon Auction goes live on May 8

GREENWICH, CT, 5 May 2017:  The 12th Annual YWCA Old Bags Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 11 at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich.  However, if you want to get a jump on the bidding for a beautiful new or gently used designer handbag, you’ll have a chance beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 8, when the Silent Auction goes live at www.501auctions.com/bags.  You don’t have to attend the luncheon to bid.  Raffle tickets to win a beautiful new Chanel handbag are also on sale at YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich.  Tickets are $25 each, and the drawing will take place at the event on May 11.  You don’t have to be there to win.  
Proceeds from this highly successful, one-of-a-kind Greenwich event exclusively benefit domestic violence victims and their children in the Greenwich community.  A sell-out since its inception, the Old Bags Luncheon features both live and silent auctions of hundreds of designer handbags donated by manufacturers, retailers and individuals. Among the auction items this year are handbags by Hermes, Dior, Saint Laurent, LAUTREC and Chanel …as well as handbags from Saks Fifth Avenue – Greenwich, Mitchells-Richards of Greenwich, and Neiman Marcus.  
Jane Condon, comedian and Greenwich resident, will be this year’s auctioneer.  Condon performs at functions ranging from large charity fundraisers to national television.  The WSJ calls Condon “a rarity” whose material “never needs to be laundered.”
“In its 12th season, the Old Bags Luncheon is an especially meaningful event for YWCA Greenwich,” said YWCA President and CEO, Mary Lee Kiernan, “All the proceeds support the vital work of YWCA Domestic Abuse Services, a critical component of our mission to empower women.”
One in four women will experience domestic violence sometime during her lifetime. YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services is the only agency in Greenwich licensed by the State to treat victims. All services are free. Last year the YWCA delivered services to over 1,300 individuals . . . adults and children . . . including:
• Confidential hotlines staffed 24/7 that are frequently the first means of interaction with victims
• Individual and group counseling for adults and children
• Court services for victims, assisting them at Stamford Superior Court
• Shelter for adults and their children
• Preventative education to elementary, middle school and high school students
For more information, go to www.ywcagreenwich.org/bags or contact Jackie Stam at j.stam@ywcagreenwich.org or 203-869-6501, ext 102