ICCFA Names 2016 “Keeping It Personal” Award Winners

Created by the ICCFA Personalization Committee, the KIP program honors recipients in five categories: Most Personalized Service/Memorial; Best Practices/Personal Touch; Events; Innovative Personalized Product (suppliers only); and Most Personalized Pet Service/Memorial.

March 14, 2017
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STERLING, VA (March 9, 2017)—The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) has named its 2016 KIP (Keeping It Personal) Award winners, recognizing the best in personalization in the cemetery and funeral service profession.
Created by the ICCFA Personalization Committee, the KIP program honors recipients in five categories: Most Personalized Service/Memorial; Best Practices/Personal Touch; Events; Innovative Personalized Product (suppliers only); and Most Personalized Pet Service/Memorial.

This year’s contest attracted 55 entries from the United States, Canada and Ireland. Communications and marketing professionals from outside the cemetery and funeral service profession performed the judging.

Information on the winners is available on the ICCFA website at www.iccfa.com/kip. Applications for the 2017 KIP Awards will be available this spring. ICCFA congratulates the winners and all who entered the 2016 KIP Awards.

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The winners are as follows:

MOST PERSONALIZED SERVICE OR MEMORIAL

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home: Live, Laugh, Love… Don’t Panic Memorial for Patricia

Bradenton, Florida

Honorable Mention

Evergreen Washelli: Remembering Chase

Seattle, Washington

BEST PRACTICE/PERSONAL TOUCH

First Place

Clock Funeral Home: Infant Loss Program

Muskegon, Michigan

EVENTS

First Place

Sunset Memorial Park/French Funerals-Cremations: Green Army Man-themed Memorial Day Celebration

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Honorable Mention

White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery: Patriots Race

Troy, Michigan

INNOVATIVE/PERSONALIZED PRODUCT (SUPPLIERS)

First Place

PlotBox: PlotBox multi-side platform

Portglenone, Antrim

Honorable Mention

WebCemeteries.com: Timeline of a Lifetime

Virginville, Pennsylvania

MOST PERSONALIZED PET SERVICE OR MEMORIAL

First Place

Memorial Pet Services, Inc.: K-9 Officer Hardy Memorial

Middleton, Wisconsin

Honorable Mention

Paws To Angels Pet Loss Center & Services: Remembering Gracie

Omaha, Nebraska
2016’s grand prize winner Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home receives a free registration to the 2017 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition, April 5-8, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. All first-place and honorable mention winners will be recognized at the convention. The award ceremony for the KIP awards will take place on Friday, April 7 at 8:50 a.m. in the general session area of the Music City Center. Winners will also be featured in the May issue of the ICCFA Magazine.

Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization industry. Its membership is composed of more than 9,100 rooftop locations and 18,000 professionals in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, as well as memorial designers and related businesses worldwide. To learn more, please visit www.iccfa.com or connect with ICCFA on Facebook and Twitter.

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