STC Sea Turtle Blog

Sea Turtle Bandanas Raise Funds for Turtle Conservation

Lisa Jo Randgaard, a longtime Sea Turtle Conservancy member, passed away unexpectedly in May 2012, at age 43, due to complications from a serious congenital heart condition. To honor Lisa’s passion for wildlife and its protection, especially her love of sea turtles, the Randgaard family established The Lisa Jo Randgaard Fund, making it STC’s first member-initiated endowment fund.

This March, Lisa’s family launched Lisa’s FundanaFundanas Project. Her mother and two sisters are hand-sewing special, limited edition bandanas using batik cotton fabric featuring a beautiful sea turtle print. Each bandana is approximately 21”x 21” and comes with a special label reading “Handmade for a Sea Turtle Hero” and a turquoise sea turtle bead. Custom, pet-sized Fundanas without beads are also available, and can be embroidered with your pet’s name.

579278_530377323679161_280397360_nThe minimum donation for each Limited Edition Lisa’s Fundana is $20 ($10 or more for pets), and 100% of all money raised is donated to STC for The Lisa Jo Randgaard Fund. To celebrate Lisa’s love of travel, the family is asking all Fundanas fans to share pictures of themselves and pets wearing their Fundanas on both local and global adventures. Pictures can be added to the growing album at and Love Into Sustained Action on Facebook.

“Lisa saw bandanas as an important accessory, whether she was traveling, cooking or just hanging out at home,” remembers her mom. “We saw an opportunity to raise money for her new fund in a creative and purposeful way. Lisa’s Fundanas Project matches her great sense of fun and works to protect sea turtles, which she cared about deeply.'”

To get more information on Lisa’s Fundanas Project and to place an order, please visit Orders will be taken through March 2014.