The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery eagerly announce the date for their 14th Annual fundraising gala, the Gravediggers’ Ball, as Friday, October 26, 2018 from 7:00pm-12:00am at the Masonic Temple in Center City, Philadelphia.
Over the past decade, the Gravediggers’ Ball has raised nearly half a million dollars towards the preservation, maintenance, accessibility and educational interpretation of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the first cemetery in the United States to receive the designation of National Historic Landmark. The growth of the charity event in recent years has generated crucial funding that has helped to develop the cemetery from a little-known historic site to a recognized leader in public programming for burial grounds around the world.
The Friends of Laurel Hill have set a funding goal of $150,000 for the 2017 gala. In addition to ticket revenues, event funding is primarily raised through corporate sponsorships, advertising, and private donations.
Tickets to the Gravediggers’ Ball are $250/person and include open bar cocktails and hors d’oeuvres until 8:30pm; full dinner service with wine and desserts; live entertainment; dancing; and complimentary onsite parking. A portion of all ticket sales is tax-deductible. Special discounts for tables of ten and Young Friends (ages 21-40) are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
The event will include a raffle, wine toss and silent auctions. Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted as payment. Black-tie, masquerade or costume is encouraged, with prizes awarded for best costumes. Live musical entertainment will be provided by All About Me Band, one of the region’s most acclaimed party bands.
For additional information about attending or supporting the 14th Annual Gravediggers’ Ball, or to view photos from past Balls, visit the event website at www.gravediggersball.org, or call (215) 228-8200.