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Eastern Cemetery Will Be Beautiful Again!

But We Need Your Help!

Please click below to give a much-needed donation to assist us with the costs of cleanup. Currently, our Volunteers pay for all costs out of their own pockets. 100% of your money will go directly to buying gasoline, lawn equipment, and everything else needed to beautify Eastern.

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If you shop Amazon through you can select a charity of your choice to receive a donation of 0.5% of your total purchase. TODAY ONLY Amazon will donate 5% of all purchases designated for the Friends of Eastern Cemetery. Get your birthday or holiday shopping done early!...
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We need your help urgently! Dollar for Dollar Match! Click here!

We need your help urgently! Springtime is upon us and we are literally "in the weeds." But there is good news! We are being dollar-for-dollar matched for a new set of Scagg mowers which we are desperately in need of. Here's how it works: For every dollar we receive, it will be matched with another dollar to go towards a pair of new commercial walk behind lawn mowers and weed eaters. If you've been waiting for a chance to help support our organization, today is the day. We only have a short time left until the grass will be out of control once more so we are desperately reaching out to supporters, you, to ask for help. Click here now! With your support we will be able to mow Eastern Cemetery for years to come!! ...
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Historical Tours of Eastern Cemetery

Join us Sunday, October 25th for a historical tour of Eastern Cemetery. Eastern is nationally known for its long dark history of overburial and neglect. This Sunday, come hear the tales of those who reside inside the walls of Eastern. Tours are scheduled to start every hour on the hour from 9am until 1pm. Tours will be led by volunteer Joel Berndt who has dedicated much of his time developing these tours to help raise awareness about Eastern Cemetery and teach the community about the impact that those laid to rest at Eastern had on our community, the Commonwealth, and even the nation. There is no admission charge for these tours. However, donations will be graciously accepted. The Friends of Eastern Cemetery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so 100% of your donations go to the upkeep of Eastern Cemetery.  ...
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Support FOEC on October 1st!!

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Community Foundation of Louisville is hosting the second Give Local Louisville. This 24-hour, online “Give Day” will support nonprofit organizations across Louisville. Over 350 nonprofits are registered (view the Leaderboard for a complete listing). Now we need to your help to make this day a success for the Friends of Eastern Cemetery! Please donate and encourage others to do so. We will be posting on Facebook and Twitter, so please share and retweet our posts! For one day, every dollar given to local nonprofits will be augmented through proportionate match and prize dollars contributed by the Community Foundation of Louisville; its supporting partners LG&E and KU Energy, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Sam Swope Auto Group, the Martin F. Schmidt and Kate Schmidt Moninger Fund, and William O. Alden, Jr.; and other anonymous donors....
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FOEC received a “Service to Preservation” award!

We've made the news! We're happy to report that the Friends of Eastern Cemetery received a "Service to Preservation" award at the 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards event.  The award was presented at the Governor's Mansion in tandem with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Thank you to everyone who has helped support our organization!  For more information about the event, please click here:  "Friends of Eastern Cemetery to receive a "Service to Preservation" award." ...
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Memorial Day Weekend

We are so excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Northeast Christian Church as part of their "Love the 'Ville" service initiative! Saturday, May 23 will be a massive clean up day from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. We need our volunteers to help work and organize the many NECC volunteers. Then Sunday we will celebrate Memorial Day with a meet and greet from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, a short service with NECC at 1:00 pm, and grave flagging at 1:30 pm. We need our volunteers to help meet with the families who attend and to help flag the veterans' graves. The main driveway off Baxter Avenue will be one-way traffic only this weekend. You can drive in from Baxter Avenue and exit out the gate at Payne Street next to the columbarium. Cars can be parked at Breckinridge Franklin Elementary (1351 Payne Street). We will have restroom facilities on site as well as drinks and snacks. Please RSVP for Saturday ( and/or Sunday (
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Eastern Cemetery NEEDS YOUR HELP – Court Date June 25th

UPDATE - We have a court date scheduled for June 25th. In order to preserve Eastern we need everyone to print, sign, and mail the template to Judge Bisig. --- As many of you know, a weak section of the historic concrete cemetery wall on Rogers Street was knocked down last year due to a drunk driver. We have been in consultation with the Attorney General’s office to work out estimates for the insurance claim to repair the wall. However, some of the residents on neighboring Rogers Street have sent in their own proposal and estimate for wrought iron fencing and a gate, so that they can continue to access Eastern Cemetery as their own dog park and neighborhood park. As the Friends of Eastern Cemetery, we believe that the historic wall needs to be rebuilt as is. In our opinion and in the opinion of many preservation experts, new wrought iron fencing is not appropriate for Eastern Cemetery, for the following reasons:   There is no historic precedent that there was ever an entrance on Rogers Street. The only wrought iron fencing on the property is along Baxter Avenue, which was the main, historic entrance. We believe we should preserve, not alter, the historic aspects of the cemetery. Replacing this section of concrete wall with wrought iron fencing also sets a precedent that the neighbors of a cemetery have the right to dictate its preservation and restoration. This is a very slippery slope. Wrought iron fencing is not as secure as a solid concrete wall. This provides more opportunity for those who wish to do harm to access Eastern Cemetery. If scrappers cut down portions of the fence and gate, who would then have to pay for the repairs? Lastly, Louisville-Jefferson County Ordinance 43.01 states, “No person, except those to whom certificates granting right of burial have been issued and their accompanying friends shall enter any cemetery within Louisville Metro at any time without permission, and persons are prohibited from entering or leaving cemetery grounds except through the gates provided by the cemetery pro...
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Enroll your Krogers card to help FOEC!

FOEC is very excited to announce that we have been approved for the Kroger Community Rewards Program! Please take a few minutes and register your Kroger Plus card.  Every time you shop at Kroger they will donate a percentage to the Friends of Eastern Cemetery! This costs you nothing and helps FOEC every time you shop at Kroger. ***PLEASE REGISTER NOW & PLEASE SHARE*** THANK YOU!!!! TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: Simply register online at and follow the steps below: 1.) Click on Sign In/Register 2.) Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box. 3.) Enter your zip code, click on favorite store, enter your email address and create a password, agree to the terms and conditions 4.) You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email to confirm registration. 5.) Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. 6.) Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. 7.) Update or confirm your information. 8.) Enter NPO number of 88965 for Friends of Eastern Cemetery 9.) To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page. That's it! Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number. Swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count. Thank you! ...
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Giving Tuesday

We've all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but did you know about Giving Tuesday? It is a global day of giving back to non-profits in your community. It falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year. Please think about supporting the Friends of Eastern Cemetery this year. Just click on the "Make A Donation" tab at the top of our website. The Friends of Eastern Cemetery is a volunteer driven group dedicated to the restoration and resurrection of Eastern Cemetery. FOEC is a community of people from different walks of life who have come together with one common goal and that is to help the families of those buried at Eastern Cemetery by bringing back the long overdue respect it so desperately deserves. ...
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Fundraiser at the Comedy Caravan – Silent Auction Items Needed

  Comedy Caravan Fundraiser – Silent Auction Items Needed On November 12th from 7pm-10pm, the Friends of Eastern Cemetery will be holding a fundraiser at the Comedy Caravan on Bardstown Road.  It will be a great night of friends, fun, and laughs! Before the comedy show starts we will hold a silent auction to raise money for Eastern Cemetery.  We’ve already lined up some really great items, but we need your help!  If you or anyone you know would be interested in donating some items for auction, please use this link to contact us! All of the proceeds from the donated items will go to helping the restoration efforts of Friends of Eastern Cemetery. On November 12th come share a night of fun and laughs with FOEC...
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