Community turns out to support fundraiser for John Vining

Published 1:13 pm Monday, April 1, 2024

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COLUMBUS— On Saturday, March 30 a large part of the  Polk County community attended a fundraiser to show support for John Vining while he is battling liver cancer. Vining is known for his many years of service as Polk County Extension Director for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

The fundraiser took place at Polk County High School and featured a plant sale by the PCHS Future Farmers of America, as well as a BBQ lunch plate for attendees to enjoy.

Vining, deeply moved by the community’s support, expressed his heartfelt gratitude, saying, “The concern for my situation from the community is truly touching. I am incredibly fortunate to live in Polk County and have many close friends who care.” 

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Vining commented on the FFA’s contribution to the fundraiser, “We have the best Ag program in the state here in Polk County, in my opinion, and they’ve done amazing work over the years,  especially today.”

“I’ve known John since I was nine years old. He’s a brother and mentor,” said Polk County Agriculture teacher Chauncey Barber. “I asked the kids in my class about doing the fundraiser for him, and everyone’s hand went up. He’s been a positive example and role model for everyone over the years.”

“Thanks to everyone for being there,”  said former superintendent Bill Miller. “John Vining is the perfect example of a servant leader in our community and has long been what you wish every citizen would be.” 

Donations to the fund can be made in person at HomeTrust Bank locations in Tryon and Columbus or by mail to Polk County High School, Attn. Chauncey Barber, 1681 E. NC 108 Highway, Columbus NC 28722.