The 2022 Gravediggers’ Ball brought colorful costumes and a fun night full of dancing to Philadelphia’s ONE North Broad this past weekend.
The Gravediggers’ Ball is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Friends of Laurel Hill, and proceeds from the event support their work as a 501(c)(3) non profit charitable organization. Laurel Hill Cemetery was founded in 1836, and it is the first cemetery in the United States to become a National Historic Landmark.
The Gravediggers’ Ball is always an exciting an event, and one that is decidedly Philadelphia. On top of the excitement surrounding the event and Halloween, our city’s own Fightin’ Phils were also on everyone’s minds as they were taking on the Padres in game 4 of the NLCS Championship on their way to The World Series. As the night began, everyone was reminded of the cemetery’s tie-in with the city’s baseball team – other than just residing in the same city. The legendary sportscaster and announcer Harry Kalas is buried there, and his grave is marked by a memorable microphone headstone.
Philly Star DJs kept the party going, while offering score updates for the game throughout the evening, and the Phils ended up pulling out this W. Amidst a live auction, rune reading from A Girl and Her Ghosts, tarot card readings from Tarot Thom, live fashion illustrations by Denise Pike, a harpist (Allison Simpson via Bob Egan Entertainment), an organist, delicious food including a steamship carving station, and an open bar, ONE North Broad was the place to be on Saturday.