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PRESS RELEASE: Laurel Hill Cemetery Announces the Expansion of its Friends Group to include West Laurel Hill Cemetery


Philadelphia, PA., August 19, 2019 — President and CEO of Laurel Hill Cemetery and West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home, Nancy A. Goldenberg, announced the expansion of its longstanding Friends group at its annual Donor and Member Appreciation Reception on Sunday, August 18th. In front of a group of nearly 100 supporters, Ms. Goldenberg revealed that the 41-year old Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery is now the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries. The expansion had been nearly a year in the making and was approved by the Board of the Friends in September of 2018.

Ms. Goldenberg announced that the newly expanded Friends will continue its full support of Laurel Hill as it reaches across the Schuylkill River to include its sibling cemetery, West Laurel Hill, in Bala Cynwyd. The Friends intend to begin offering regular history tours, movies, and other programs at West Laurel Hill starting later this year. According to Goldenberg, “United under a single membership organization, two of America’s finest historic cemeteries will now leverage their collective strength and together advance a mission of preserving, protecting and promoting these remarkable cemeteries through innovative programming, education and donor support.”

The expansion of the Friends provides an opportunity to increase the visibility of both cemeteries and attract new members and audiences to programs and events at both sites. It also provides an opportunity to increase financial support from more members, increased donations and grants. “One membership organization for two great historic cemeteries will inevitably expand partnerships, collaboration and creative thinking,” said Goldenberg, adding, “This is a new, exciting chapter of growth for our valued Friends organization.”

The Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries was founded in 1978 in order to save what was then a desperate and dilapidated Laurel Hill Cemetery. Over the years, the Friends grew from a small volunteer-led organization to a thriving non-profit staffed by five full time employees. The success of the Friends has resulted in the restoration of thousands of monuments at Laurel Hill as well as popular programming and recreational activities such as plays concerts, walking tours, bird watching and yoga. The Friends’ annual Gravediggers’ Ball is now a mainstay of the Philadelphia Halloween season.

For more information about the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries please contact Executive Director of the Friends, Nick McAllister at 215.228.8200 x 100 or nm@thelaurelhillcemetery.org.