Silver Lining charity event to benefit Cloud Kirbo

Published 2:36 pm Friday, September 20, 2019

For Cloud Kirbo, Friday was no ordinary day; it was Day Zero- the day he received his stem cell transplant.

The transplant is expected to slow the progression of Kirbo’s recently diagnosed Krabbe Disease. Over the next few weeks, doctors and nurses will monitor Kirbo to make sure he has no adverse reactions and that everything is moving forward as expected. Once his absolute neutrophil counts are over 500 for three days in a row, the transplant will be deemed as a success.

While the family is beyond thankful for this miracle, they have incurred $700,000 in medical bills. The community has hosted a variety of fundraisers and given donations to help with these expenses, but on Saturday, October 5, everything will come together for one large charity benefit to honor Cloud.

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The Silver Lining A Charity Benefit for Cloud Kirbo will be an event the family hopes to see everyone at. However, tickets are limited. 

Hosted at the Kirbo Center, the benefit will feature guests, Ben and Erin Napier from HGTV’s hit show Home Town.

The Napiers are from Laurel, Mississippi and are known for revitalizing their hometown. During their visit, they will discuss with guests about the revitalization of a small, rural town and also work to inspire locals on how they can revitalize and revamp their area.

Photographer, Kendi Austinson will be at the event to take photographs. Guests can take a snapshot with the Napiers, while wearing their finest cocktail attire.

Following the Napiers speech, there will be a live auction hosted by auctioneer and comedian, Billy Kimbrel from Colquitt.

Auction items will include two custom made guns from Taurus USA, signed memorabilia by Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Kirby Smart and Jim Kelly, one carat diamond earrings from Godwin Jewelers, a week long beach vacation, a weekend trip in the Smokey Mountains, an English Cocker Spaniel puppy, art by James Willis and much more.

In addition there will be a raffle for $1,000. Tickets for the raffle will be sold individually for $10.

During the auction, guests can enjoy an open bar and a meal prepared by The American’s Chef Tyler Thomas.

Following the auction, guests can also enjoy dancing around to the live music by 4 Shades Blue.

The event will begin at 7:30 and last until 10 p.m.

For those interested in sponsoring the event, email can purchase tickets at by searching The Silver Lining- A Benefit for Cloud Kirbo.

Tickets will also be available at Monday’s Celebrity Bartenders Event at Southern Philosophy Brewing.

Tickets cost $100 and are limited, but will be available until they are sold out.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to Cloud’s medical expenses. The family thanks everyone for their contributions and hopes to see them there.