Ribbon fundraiser underway for 15-year-old 30A shark bite victim

 SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — The panhandle community is rallying behind the two shark bite victims from Friday’s incidents in Walton County.  A new ribbon fundraiser is underway to support 15-year-old Lulu Gribbins. The fundraiser announced Tuesday is called ‘I Made It’ Ribbons for Lulu. Lulu Gribbins is the 15-year-old who lost her […] [[{“value”:”

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — The panhandle community is rallying behind the two shark bite victims from Friday’s incidents in Walton County. 

A new ribbon fundraiser is underway to support 15-year-old Lulu Gribbins.  The fundraiser announced Tuesday is called ‘I Made It’ Ribbons for Lulu.  

Lulu Gribbins is the 15-year-old who lost her left hand and a leg after a shark bite incident on June 7th.  

Purple ribbons are being made by Beachy Blooms 30A and sold for $25 a piece.  

The ribbons are available for pre-order right now, with dozens of folks sending money within the first few hours.  

“This is an incredible community that I’m very proud to be a part of. Allison, also Tara, also all of the people that have reached out so far, it’s just amazing and overwhelming,” said Jane Denton, owner of Beachy Blooms 30A.

Jane Denton with Beachy Blooms said the idea was sent to her by multiple friends after Lulu’s hometown in Alabama started displaying purple ribbons to show support. 

Purple is Lulu’s favorite color. 

“The idea is to if you don’t have a mailbox, you can put them on up somewhere outside your house. You can add them to a wreath that hangs on your door. You can add a spike and put them in the ground next to your mailbox. We want all of 30A, all of our communities up and down 98 to shine purple,” said Denton. 

Ribbon pick up and purchasing in person will start on Tuesday, June 18 at multiple locations like Cava and Cakes in Gulfplace.  

“This money is going directly to the family so there’s no money being taken out. There’s no middleman. So these Venmo payments that are going to be made to BeachyBlooms are going to go directly to the family,” said Alison Nazarowski, owner of Cava and Cakes.

With a 15-year-old daughter herself, Cava and Cakes co-owner Jillian Raines said joining the cause was a no-brainer.  

“She comes to work with me just to go to the beach. So it was very close and personal to my heart. She’s 15, just like Lulu. So it just kind of really struck hard with me as well. And my daughter too,” Raines said.  

A fundraiser for 45-year-old shark bite victim Elisabeth Foley has been set up by her church in Virginia. Raising more than $64,000 in two days. 

“She is making significant improvement and in good spirits. All surgeries have gone well, and the doctors and nurses are absolutely encouraged. We are very grateful for all of the prayers and expressions of love and support.”  

Ryan Foley, Elisabeth’s husband. Monday June 10.

Elisabeth also lost a hand and a leg in the incident. 

Denton said they plan to run the ribbon fundraiser until June 30, or longer depending on the communities support. 

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