Approximately $40,000 raised during annual TFLM breakfast with Troxler

Susan Barnes, right, Tobacco Farm Life Museum board chairman and museum executive director/curator Melody Worthington, left, are shown with state Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler during Breakfast with the Commissioner fundraiser last Friday in Raleigh.

By Keith Barnes

A total of $40,277 was raised for Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Kenly at the 13th annual Breakfast with the state Agricultural Commissioner fundraiser held last Friday, said Melody Worthington TFLM executive director/curator.

Attendance at the breakfast was announced as 435, which is the largest crowd for the event, said Worthington.

The occasion was in conjunction with the 2018 Southern Farm Show.

Local elected officials represented at the event included Sen. Brent Jackson from District 10, Rep. Larry Strickland of District 28, Billy Barker representing Congressman David Rouzier, Johnston County Commissioner Ted Godwin and Wilson County Commissioner Rob Boyette.

“I have a great appreciation for all the people who come out each year to support the Tobacco Farm Life Museum,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Your being here today is important.”

“I enjoy taking part in this event,” added Troxler. “It is a real honor for me.”

He explained that the museum is important to the state’s agriculture because it preserves the history and legacy of the state’s farm families.

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