Thanks from Thomas C. Bowling, III, CCE
President Ivy Hill Cemetery
On October 13, as part of the day-long celebration of the sesquicentennial marking 150 years of service to our community, Ivy Hill Cemetery was pleased with the announcement of the formation of a new, independent, Virginia corporation, the Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical Preservation Society.
The Preservation Society announced it had received a dollar-for-dollar matching grant for cash-in-hand funds raised before December 30, 2006, up to a total of $100,000.00. The Preservation Society had already received a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt determination from the IRS and welcomed contributions from all who appreciate the special role Ivy Hill Cemetery plays in the life and history of our community.
I was very pleased with the formation of the Historical Preservation Society and especially the IRS determination allowing the Society to receive tax deductible contributions. I was also very excited about the matching grant for the initial fund raising efforts. I have been at Ivy Hill for 44 years, and having someone offer that kind of money has never happened before. I wanted the Society to get all of the $100,000.00 that had been put on the table. By the 30th of December, 2006 there were donations in hand from this effort of $71,000.00
I unabashedly asked everyone if they could help accomplish this. The Society was and still is is working on getting organized, identifying programs and projects, and getting in place the volunteers and all the things necessary. That has to be done and done first but while that was being done I encouraged the support of the society by going after the money.
I want to thank all of those that responded so generously to my request to support the Preservation Society. With your help the society, with the matching grant, raised a grand total of $142,000.00 in the last few weeks of 2006.
Contributions need to continue to be made to the Society. While at the moment they won't be matched they are still needed. As a matter of fact, $8,350.00 has come in or been pledged so far in 2007. It is going to take 15 to 20 times the total amount that has been raised so far as a minimum to accomplish all the things desired and to insure Ivy Hill's place in the community 150 years from now.
Recognizing that, there will be ongoing fund rasing efforts and annual request for support for years to come. The Lord willing this goal will be reached and Ivy Hill will remain as it is today, an integral part of the Alexandria area community.
Donations may now be made to:
IHC Historical Preservation Society
P.O. Box 320065
Alexandria, Virginia 22320