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2019 Press

June 12, 2019

Press release

July 26, 2019

Press release

July 29th, 2019

San Francisco Magazine / Modern Luxury:

The Clift Hotel was the setting for a preview party for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund’s upcoming 15th Anniversary This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. Both events bring together men, women, fashion icons, celebrities from sports, politics and the entertainment industries with one goal in mind: donate, display and sell fabulous handbags to help people with breast cancer. This year, San Francisco’s consular corps was invited to assist the cause. On hand to preview classic and exquisite purses from Hermes and the closets of such celebs as Sharon Stone were Hungarian Consul General Eva Voisin and her husband, Paul; Peruvian Consul General Hernando Torres-Fernández and his wife, Adriana; Belgian Consul General Nathalie Delrue-McGuire; Noeleen Tobin-Pattison from the Irish consulate; Ana Blanco, executive director of the International Ocean Film Festival; and Alison Healy, and executive director of Alliance for Smiles. » Read More

July 29th, 2019

Silicon Valley Magazine

The Clift Hotel was the setting for a preview party for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund’s upcoming 15th Anniversary This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. Both events bring together men, women, fashion icons, celebrities from sports, politics and the entertainment industries with one goal in mind: donate, display and sell fabulous handbags to help people with breast cancer. This year, San Francisco’s consular corps was invited to assist the cause. On hand to preview classic and exquisite purses from Hermes and the closets of such celebs as Sharon Stone were Hungarian Consul General Eva Voisin and her husband, Paul; Peruvian Consul General Hernando Torres-Fernández and his wife, Adriana; Belgian Consul General Nathalie Delrue-McGuire; Noeleen Tobin-Pattison from the Irish consulate; Ana Blanco, executive director of the International Ocean Film Festival; and Alison Healy, and executive director of Alliance for Smiles. » Read More

August 7th, 2019

TangoDiva

Bid on designer bags and your money goes to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Win Win! And not just any designer bag, we’re talking donations from Sharon Stone (limited-edition Dior), Ann Getty (Hermes Birkin), Rev. Cecil Williams (Levis), Minnie Driver (Gianni Versace), Dede Wilsey (Chanel), Robert Downey Jr (Liberto Ferrero), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Proenza Schuler) » Read More

August 8th, 2019

San Francisco Bay Times

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2016 Press Highlights

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2014 Press Highlights

2014 Post Event

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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

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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