Friends of Eastern Cemetery

$1,355 of $15k goal

Raised by 56 people in 36 months
Col Sean Stafford  LOUISVILLE, KY
Eastern Cemetery lies in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. This 30 acre space holds some of Louisville's finest citizens dating all the way back to 1840.

In the late 1980s, after issues with money and management, Eastern Cemetery became effectively abandoned. Since then there has been very little done to upkeep this sacred ground and sadly enough, it's gone into horrible disrepair. To say it has been neglected would be an understatement.

Instead of visitors coming to mourn their dead, there are vandals. Instead of lovely signs directing visitors to plots of interest there is graffiti. Instead of lovely flora dotting the landscape there is trash. Trees grow right out of graves.

Friends Of Eastern Cemetery was formed to clean up this holy ground and we've made great headway! Our group is now over 30 strong. We love what we are doing, but we need your help!

Our volunteers supply all equipment, gas, oil, and everything else needed in order to maintain the cleanup effort and it can get costly. Right now we desperately need chainsaws as we cut most trees by handsaws, hand axes, or machetes. Gas and oil are always a much needed commodity, and we simply don't have enough weed eaters.

More lawn mowers would be a blessing. We need signage, road repair work, edgers, limb nippers, and just about anything else a regular landscaping crew needs.

With your help we will be able to better serve the Louisville community and those people who have their loved ones buried in Eastern. If you can, please consider helping us so we may help those who can no longer speak for themselves.

+ Read More
Update 3
28 months ago

We wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You" to all of those who have donated. Your support has been a huge blessing and we could not have gotten to where we are now without the help that we've received from the community. It's truly been amazing. We've bought gas for the mowers, supplies for the weed eaters, and oil for all of the equipment.

You all have done so much! If you don't mind we have just one more favour to ask.

Our very own Andy Harpole has been nominated for the Eagle Rare Life Award from Eagle Rare. The winner of this contest receives $50,000 for their charity. If Andy wins, 50K gets poured into Eastern Cemetery and it would also be a huge media event which would help raise awareness.

He will win by getting the most votes. To vote for Andy, just click on the "Vote for this Story" here:

http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/andy-harpole

There is no registration required and you can vote once per day. Your vote really counts!

Please vote and share, it means the world to us and to Andy.
+ Read More
Update 2
35 months ago

Thank you to all who have donated. You'll be interested to know that we are only $6 away from hitting the $1,000 mark. This is amazing! Can you imagine that a cemetery that once had 8 feet of grass as standard feature is now beloved by numerous donors and is now regularly kept up by a band of volunteers who love what they do? Thank you to those who have given. We are forever in your debt.

Here's to the next $6 dollars and beyond. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kind Regards,

FOEC
+ Read More
Update 1
36 months ago

So far we've raised 90$ for Eastern Cemetery! If you can, please support us. If you're unable to, that's ok! Please just share this post and that we will be forever grateful!
So this never happens again!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Help spread the word!
 774 total shares
Rob Eckert
35 months ago

Thanks Dave Brennan!

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

I wish we could "thumbs up" everybody that donates!! Thank you everybody for your caring and help, it means so much to all of us that you are willing to help.

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

Thank you Christy and Kate!!!

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

Thank you so much to all who have donated!! Please spread the word and thank you for your support!!

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

We sure could use your help, it's quick and easy and your $10 or $20 donation would make a huge difference to this cemetery. Thank you for your support Friends!

+ Read More

$1,355 of $15k goal

Raised by 56 people in 36 months
Created September 27, 2013
JG
$50
Joni Goodin
23 months ago

This donation is from a raffle sponsored by The Original Highlands Ghost Tour at Molly Malone's on November 1

$50
Nick Ochs
27 months ago

Thank you for caring.

KN
$25
Kenneth Napper
27 months ago
LC
$20
Lindsay Carter
28 months ago

You all are AMAZING! What a gift to surviving family and friends as well as the community as a whole. Keep up the awesome work.

$50
Anonymous
28 months ago
GG
$50
Gary Gerlach
31 months ago
$10
Anonymous
33 months ago
$25
Barbara Koch-McGee
34 months ago

Thank you for all your efforts in restoring this historical cemetery.

$25
Anonymous
34 months ago
VN
$50
Vu Nguyen
34 months ago
Rob Eckert
35 months ago

Thanks Dave Brennan!

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

I wish we could "thumbs up" everybody that donates!! Thank you everybody for your caring and help, it means so much to all of us that you are willing to help.

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

Thank you Christy and Kate!!!

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

Thank you so much to all who have donated!! Please spread the word and thank you for your support!!

+ Read More
Andy Harpole
36 months ago

We sure could use your help, it's quick and easy and your $10 or $20 donation would make a huge difference to this cemetery. Thank you for your support Friends!

+ Read More
  Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook