Most unusual auction to fund raise for cemetery

Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, Indiana is in need of funds to repair and revitalize the site. Work includes fixing a collapsing culvert, and repaving roads at the property.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 3:59 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2019 6:25 PM

SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) - It's being marketed as, "Indiana's Most Unusual Auction," and it's all to support a local cemetery.

Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, Indiana is in need of funds to repair and revitalize the site. Work includes fixing a collapsing culvert and repaving roads at the property.

A photo showing a portion of Center Ridge Cemetery. (WTHI Photo, Lacey Clifton)

Now, listen to some of the items up for bid: an electric car starter, a weekend at the Willows, and then... there's a complete funeral, a tombstone, and burial plots!

News 10 caught up with Cemetery Superintendent Dick Crooks who says the site is special and deserves to be preserved.

He explains, "It’s very important. Our cemetery out there is very unusual. We'll be 150 years old this December. We just got it on the National Registry of Historic Places, and we also have probably a half a dozen famous people buried out there."

Save the date for April 14th. The fundraising luncheon and auction will take place at the Sullivan Civic Center.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. You can buy tickets at Sullivan City Hall, the History Museum, the Cemetery Office, and the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.

If you aren't interested in the luncheon and auction, other donations to the cemetery are welcome! You can send checks to 704 West Johnson Street in Sullivan, to the Center Ridge Cemetery Maintenance fund.

In addition to community fundraising, Cemetery officials are also working to secure a matching grant for a good portion of the project. 

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