2016 This Old Bag Press Kit

Tanya Wright ’Orange is the New Black’, ‘True Blood’
Actress Kicks Off Breast Cancer Emergency Fund’s
Call For Celebrity Handbags

Each year, to raise funds for low income Bay Area women and men battling breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) holds an annual fundraiser featuring handbags donated by celebrities, fashion designers, individual donors, and couture and vintage boutiques. This year, Tanya Wright, who stars as Crystal Burset in Orange is the New Black and Deputy Kenya Jones in True Blood, is donating a purse to be auctioned at the event on October 21. She also is encouraging fellow actors to support BCEF.

“I love that the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund is providing vital resources to support clients in need at a time when all of their energy should be focused on restoring health,” Wright said. “I have had many people I love in my life die from the ravages of cancer. It is a heartbreaking disease. I am grateful to be able to do what I can to assist the fight in combating this disease.“

“I am joining a stellar list of supporters from the entertainment industry and calling on my fellow actors to also join us by donating a purse or funds for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund fundraising auction,” Wright added.

Wright joins a roster of celebrities and long-time local supporters and champions of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Tickets, sponsorship and event information can be found online at www.thisoldbag.org or by calling the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund at 415-932-6020 x102. » Download full press release

Press Kit Resources:

Key Details

Deadline for Handbag Donations: October 3, 2016
Celebrity Donation Form
Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., San Francisco
Ticket Price: $125 available for purchase now at www.thisoldbag.org

Graphic Resources:

Tanya Wright

Download high res

Christine Merritt

Download high res

BCEF Logo

Download high res

This Old Bag Logo

Download high res

Let us tell you more about This Old Bag!

Read our 2014 Post Event Press Release.

Read our 2013 Post Event Press Release.

Members of the media: please email for more information
or call (415) 558-6999 ext. 233

2014 Press Highlights

October 25th, 2014

Haute Living

More than 400 eager supporters snapped up designer collections, classic vintage and celebrity handbags and fabulous live auction packages at the 10th Annual This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse presented by Kaiser Permanente, Rocket Fuel and Wells Fargo at the Bently Reserve on Oct. 17. The annual handbag auction gala raised $302,000 to the benefit Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance to low-income people battling breast when they are too sick to work and, since 2001, has provided over $2 million dollars in assistance to help families maintain financial stability during a devastating illness. » Read More

August 13, 2014

C Magazine

San Francisco and St. Helena–based Caldwell Snyder Gallery hosted more than 100 guests on August 6 for a private preview of designer handbags to be auctioned off at the 10th annual This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse event on October 17. More than 20 handbags from designers such as Lanvin, Jonathan Adler, Zac Posen, and Louis Vuitton were on display, with proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF). Karen Caldwell, Ted Hannig, Jessica Hon, and Maya Labban were among the guests at the event, while the honorary committee includes Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Mike Honda, Christopher Bently, and Hilary Newsom Callan. » Read More

August, 2014

Luxetigers

Last Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 more than 100 of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most generous citizens gathered at the CALDWELL SNYDER Gallery to preview donated celebrity and designer handbags that will be auctioned off at the 10th Annual THIS OLD BAG, The Power of the Purse, an annual benefit for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF). More than 20 bags were available for preview, including designs from major fashion houses such as LANVIN, ZAC POSEN, several from LOUIS VUITTON, and more. » Read More

August, 2014

SanFrancisco Magazine

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, more than 100 of the Bay Area’s most generous citizens gathered in the beautiful Caldwell Snyder Gallery to preview celebrity and designer handbags that will be auctioned off at the 10th Annual This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse, a benefit for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) that takes place on Friday, October 17 at the Bently Reserve. More than 20 bags were available for preview, including designs from major fashion houses such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Jonathon Adler, Elie Tahari, Zac Posen, Coach, Siso, and several Louis Vuittons. For more information visit This Old Bag. » Read More

2013 Press Highlights

November 1, 2013

C Magazine

This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse held is annual gala benefiting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund on Friday, October 18, at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Donated designer bags from celebrities , sponsors and private donors were on the block to benefit low-income individuals battling breast cancer in three Bay area counties. » Read More

October 2013

Red Carpet Bay Area

The ninth annual This Old Bag: Power of the Purse event held at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco raised a record $255,000 for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund on October 18, 2013. The fundraiser featured both a silent and a live auction of designer handbags. Designs from fashion houses such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs were donated by celebrities and sponsors. » Read More

October 13, 2013

Haute Living

Prada, Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Gucci , Judith Leiber, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Versace and dozens more. . .The Ninth Annual This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse Fundraiser is coming to the St. Regis this Friday, October 18th, presented by The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF). The event will feature donated couture and designer bag from such well known fashion houses and from celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Eva Longoria, Helping to Raise Much Needed Funds for Low Income People Battling Breast Cancer in Three Bay Area Counties. » Read More

October 2013

Radio Alice 97.3 CBS

BCEF Executive Director Mike Smith and Host Committee Member Alexandra Skillman interviewed by CBS Radio’s Liz St. John. Stores and sponsors have donated new purses for the big auction. Many celebrities have also donated purses…most just slightly used…probably once on a red carpet or for a photo shoot! » Listen Here.

October 2013

SanFrancisco Magazine

Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) is proud to announce that its signature gala, This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse 2013, held on October 18th raised a record $255,000 for low-income people battling breast cancer. » Read More