A total of $33,569 was raised for Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Kenly at the 12th annual Breakfast with the Commissioner fundraiser held on Friday, Feb 3 in the Holshouser Building at North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Attendance at the breakfast was announced as being 430, the largest crowd ever for the event according to TFLM Director/Curator Melody Worthington.
The occasion was in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Farm Show.
“I love being a part of this event each year,” said North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler. “It’s a real honor for me.”
“I have a personal interest in the museum in that I collect and restore old farm equipment myself (like that found at the museum) and have donated some items that are on display at Heritage Circle at the State Fair.
“Tobacco Farm Life Museum is important to North Carolina agriculture because it preserves the history and legacy of our farm families,” said Troxler. “The museum’s educational programs and preservation of artifacts and historic buildings contribute to our understanding of the important role agriculture plays in the life of all North Carolinians, the conservation or our natural resources and our economy.”
Also part of the event was the presentation of Excellence in Agriculture Award sponsored by Wells Fargo to Jimmy Gentry, President of North Carolina Grange and the Innovative Young Farmer Award presented to Brandon Batten of Four Oaks sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina.
Jimmy Gentry has been a major supporter of the museum over the years according to Worthington.
Troxler described Gentry as being an “important part of the agriculture scene in North Carolina for the past 42 years.”
“We are eternally grateful to Steve Troxler for lending his name to this, our, biggest fundraiser,” said TFLM board chairman Susan Barnes.
“We have some big plans for the museum in 2017 and this will help us get started,” said Worthington.