Officers and Directors

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

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.

2017 Contributors to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

We are grateful to the following donors for their generous support of Friends in 2017.  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 Cemetery for generations to come.

- Edward M. Farley, IV
Chair, Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

Corporations, Foundations and Organizations

  • Altria Matching Gifts Program
  • Anne Carter and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation
  • Anne W. Taylor Trust
  • Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
  • Carneal Drew Foundation
  • Carol S. Mraz Foundation
  • Colon Club of Richmond
  • Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
  • Dominion Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Estes Foundation
  • First Travelers of First Baptist Church
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Herndon Foundation
  • Hollywood Cemetery Company
  • IBM Corporation Matching Gifts Program
  • Marietta M. & Samuel T. Morgan, Jr. Trust
  • Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
  • Peachtree House Foundation
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation
  • Spider Management Co., LLC
  • Stanley and Dorothy Pauley Charitable Trust
  • Sue W. Massie Charitable Trust
  • Susan and S. Buford Scott Endowment
  • The Heritage Rose Foundation
  • The Rock Foundation
  • The Ruth W. McDonough Trust
  • Thomas F. Jeffress Memorial, Inc.
  • Tredegar Corporation Matching Gifts Program
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Great Great Great Granddaughters Club
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Great Great Granddaughters Club
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Great Granddaughters Club
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Virginia Division
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Van Yahres Tree Company
  • Varina High School
  • Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Foundation
  • Wiley H. & James C. Wheat, Jr. Foundation
  • Windsor Foundation Trust