Officers and Directors

  • Kelly Jones Wilbanks, Executive Director
  • Nancy Shepherd, Development Associate
  • Peter C. Toms - Chair
  • David L. Gilliam - Secretary
  • Edward M. Farley, IV - Treasurer
  • Mary Lynn Bayliss, PhD
  • William R. Claiborne
  • Elizabeth Rawles Cronly
  • Joseph R. Herbert
  • E. Bryson Powell
  • Elizabeth Wilkins Talley

Friends of Hollywood Cemetery, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2007 in order to meet the cemetery's growing need for private philanthropy. Friends' primary goal is the restoration and conservation of monuments, sculptures and ironwork within the cemetery. They handle development programs for the cemetery, community outreach efforts and cemetery events, including tours, picnics and guest speakers.

With the aid of conservation consultants, Friends of Hollywood has identified and ranked monuments and ornamentation most in need of repair and enhancement. The cemetery's current income and endowment, however, is not enough to cover all the care and conservation needed to preserve this historic site.

Hollywood depends on the generous support of donors in order to ensure the long-term care of the cemetery. These donations are essential to the preservation of this historic cemetery for future generations.

Donate today!

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards preservation and restoration projects at Hollywood Cemetery, as well as several educational programs. Your generous support will ensure that countless visitors can continue to enjoy the stories, services and beauty of Hollywood Cemetery throughout the years to come. Click here to donate now.

You may also donate via check. Please make your contributions to:
Friends of Hollywood Cemetery
412 South Cherry Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220


There are several volunteer opportunities available at Hollywood Cemetery. Through volunteer work, the cemetery is able to preserve the unique landscape of Hollywood. For details on future volunteer opportunities, please visit our Events Calendar.

2016 Contributors to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

We are grateful to the following donors for their generous support of Friends in 2016 through October 31.  You have enabled us to raise awareness of Hollywood and to continue vital monument and fence restoration.  Thank you for helping us to preserve Hollywood Cemtery for generations to come.

- Peter C. Toms
Chair, Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

Corporations, Foundations and Organizations

  • Altria
  • The Cabell Foundation
  • Carneal Drew Foundation
  • Chericoke Foundation
  • Chubb Matching Gifts Program
  • Estes Foundation
  • Good Shepherd UMC
  • Gray Holdings, LLC
  • Hamilton Family Foundation, Jr.
  • Hollywood Cemetery Company
  • Emily S. & Coleman A.Hunter Charitable Trust
  • Hunton & Williams
  • IBM Corporation
  • James River Garden Club
  • Lowe, Brockenbrough & Co., Inc.
  • Network for Good
  • Peachtree House Foundation
  • Permanent Productions LLC
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Trust
  • Anne Carter and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation
  • Spider Management Co., LLC
  • St. John's Church Foundation
  • Sue W. Massie Charitable Trust
  • Suntrust Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • The Colon Club of Richmond
  • The Hermitage at Cedarfield
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Varina High School