Hundreds, decked out in pink, showed their support Thursday evening for the family of Sable Gibson, the Mason fourth-grader who died in February after complications from flu and strep throat.
The Shine Like Sable Foundation held its official kickoff fundraiser at Kendra Scott in Liberty Center.
Sable Gibson's parents first announced the creation of the foundation on WLWT at the start of April. Since then, they've been busy planning fundraisers and charitable events.
Easter marked the first holiday the family celebrated without their beloved 'Little Sis,' as she was lovingly called. Less than a week later, the family was back to work helping her legacy thrive.
By all accounts, Sable loved to help others and even at the age of 10, was known for her kind heart and "sixth sense for caring."
The foundation, started in her name, aims to carry on that torch, spreading kindness and hope. On the list of challenges is helping food insecure students, at-risk children and Children's Hospital, to name a few.
Thursday, the foundation got to take home 20 percent of the profits. Raking in $36,000 in sales, the foundation earned approximately $7,000 for the foundation.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and even before the doors officially opened, the store was packed with supporters.
Sable's father Scott Gibson pointed out classmates, friends, teachers and family members who came out to support the foundation.
"She loved to help people, so this is just our small way," Scott Gibson said. "This is just a small way to do that, and keep her close to our hearts."
He said the response Thursday was overwhelming.
"It's unbelievable. We're just very excited and humbled," he said.
The room was packed, as people shopped for jewelry and combed through the Sable Gibson collection, a mix of pink jewelry, which was Sable's favorite color, and her birthstone.
Sable's mother Holly Gibson designed the jewelry, and family friends organized the fundraiser.
"Family, fashion and philanthropy, and we truly consider the Gibson family our family as well," Kacy Titus, the store manager of the Liberty Center Kendra Scott, said. "This is amazing. I am so thankful for the community and all of the Cincinnati and Dayton areas, who are really just wrapping their arms around the Gibson family."
Titus said this is the biggest fundraiser and response the Liberty Center location has ever had.
—Sourced from Jatara McGee, WLWT News