Benefit to be held in memory of Super Gabe

Gabriel "Super Gabe" Valentine (submitted)
Staff Writer

The Golden Triangle Community will have an opportunity to support a cause dear to the hearts of many today.

For the second year, local artist Lee Gibson will host the Art for EB (epidermolysis bullosa) benefit in Columbus. The event will run 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Old Homestead, located next to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Gibson’s art with a portion of the proceeds going to EB research.

Gibson’s grandson, Gabriel “Super Gabe” Valentine, 8, of Starkville died from EB in June after fighting the disease his entire life.

“He asked at the very end,” Gibson said. “He said ‘please don’t forget the other EB kids.’ It was one of his wishes that he made.”

Gibson said that last year’s benefit exceeded her expectations and that she sold every painting available. She said she is adding a raffle and the chance for one attendee to win a commission. She added that she will have more smaller, less expensive paintings this year.

“It’s a very rare disease,” Gibson said. “We’re trying to build awareness and raise money for research to hopefully find a cure for EB.”

Gibson is based in West Point and works mainly in oil paint.

“We hope folks will come out and continue to give,” Gibson said.