Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

Friends of Hollywood Cemetery is a 501(c)3 organization that 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.


You can support the long-term care of Hollywood Cemetery through a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery that will go towards preservation and restoration projects, as well as educational programs. 

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Planned Giving

By joining The Legacy Society of Friends of Hollywood Cemetery, you can ensure the future of Hollywood for generations to come. Your estate gift will be set aside for days when Hollywood is no longer a working cemetery, but still frequently visited. 

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There are several volunteer opportunities available at Hollywood Cemetery. Visit our Events Calendar for details on future volunteer opportunities.

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Officers and Directors

  • Kelly Jones Wilbanks, Executive Director
  • Nancy B. Rowe, 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

2018 Contributors to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery

We are grateful to the following donors for their generous support of Friends in 2018.  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

  • E. B. Duff Charitable Lead
  • Peachtree House Foundation
  • Thomas F. Jeffress Memorial Inc.
  • The Rock Foundation
  • Anne W. Taylor Trust
  • Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation
  • Carol S. Mraz Foundation
  • Elizabeth G. Schneider Trust
  • Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Trust
  • Estes Foundation
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Herndon Foundation
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Gray Holdings, LLC
  • Spider Management Co., LLC
  • Van Yahres Tree Company
  • Sue W. Massie Charitable Trust
  • Carneal Drew Foundation
  • Fatherree Foundation
  • Stanley and Dorothy Pauley Charitable Trust
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Colon Club of Richmond
  • Kershner Family Charitable Fund
  • Susan and S. Buford Scott Endowment
  • Hollywood Cemetery Company
  • Mutual Assurance Society of VA
  • Altria Matching Gifts Program
  • Mary Ratrie Wick Family Foundation
  • Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
  • Landmark Events Inc.
  • Weier Family Foundation