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Bell Tower Society

The Bell Tower Society is an elite group of our closest friends and supporters who regularly invest in our mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and as an island of tranquility in the heart of the city.

The Society is named after the 1899 Gothic Revival Bell Tower that sits at the highest part of Oakland Cemetery’s 48 acres. It is also one of the highest naturally occurring points in the city and one of the oldest structures in the city still standing in its original location.

The Bell Tower Society recognizes those who contribute a total of $1,000 or more during the calendar year. Your cumulative donation can include restricted and unrestricted gifts, matching gifts, sponsorships, pledge payments, and lot maintenance and improvement contributions made during the year. Individuals who become a member of HOF at the $1,000 level or higher are automatically welcomed into the Bell Tower Society.

As a part of the Bell Tower Society, you will receive a mention in Historic Oakland Foundation’s annual report, a private tour led by HOF staff for up to 10 people, and invitations to exclusive donor events such as the annual Bell Tower Society fete.

For more information on the Bell Tower Society, please contact Lynnette Ivey at livey@oaklandcemetery.com.

Bell Tower Society Membership Levels

Historic Oakland Foundation members who join at the following levels receive Bell Tower Society perks, HOF member benefits available to all levels, and the special benefits outlined below.

Patron
$1,000/ year
Membership benefits for two adults (do not have to reside together) OR a family of four from the same household (two adults/two children) plus:
  • 10 guest tour passes
  • 20% off private event rentals (Excludes the month of October. Subject to availability.)
  • One dual/family gift membership per year to give to a friend
  • A free gift from development coordinator
  • A private tour and lunch with HOF executive director for up to six people
  • A behind-the-scenes preservation tour with director of preservation or a horticulture tour with director of gardens for up to six people
Benefactor
$2,500/ year
Membership benefits for two adults (do not have to reside together) OR a family of four from the same household (two adults/two children) plus:
  • 10 guest tour passes
  • 20% off private event rentals (Excludes the month of October. Subject to availability.)
  • One dual/family gift membership per year to give to a friend
  • A free gift from development coordinator
  • A private tour and lunch with HOF executive director for up to six people
  • A behind-the-scenes preservation tour with director of preservation or a horticulture tour with director of gardens for up to six people
Director's Circle
$5,000/ year
Membership benefits for two adults (do not have to reside together) OR a family of four from the same household (two adults/two children) plus:
  • 12 guest tour passes
  • 20% off private event rentals (Excludes the month of October. Subject to availability.)
  • One dual/family gift membership per year to give to a friend
  • A free gift from development coordinator
  • A private tour and lunch with HOF executive director for up to 10 people
  • A behind-the-scenes preservation tour with director of preservation or a horticulture tour with director of gardens for up to 10 people
The 1976 Circle
$10,000/ year
Membership benefits for two adults (do not have to reside together) OR a family of four from the same household (two adults/two children) plus:
  • 12 guest tour passes
  • 20% off private event rentals (Excludes the month of October. Subject to availability.)
  • One dual/family gift membership per year to give to a friend
  • A free gift from development coordinator
  • A private tour and lunch with HOF executive director for up to 20 people
  • A behind-the-scenes preservation tour with director of preservation or a horticulture tour with director of gardens for up to 20 people
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