American Cemetery Excellence Award

August 11, 2017

Enter American Cemetery Excellence Award

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Call for Entries

Saluting Cemetery Excellence

American Cemetery & Cremation is proud to announce its annual American Cemetery Excellence Award. If you think your team should be recognized for maintaining a great cemetery that's succeeding in tough economic times, then we want to hear from you.

It doesn't matter if you are owned by a corporation, a municipality or by an independent entity; we are seeking entries from top-performing cemeteries to recognize your accomplishments.

Who Should Enter?   top

The American Cemetery Excellence Award is open to all cemeteries. We will select at least three finalists and one top winner. This allows us to recognize a variety of nominees, regardless of how many employees or acres you have. All entries will be treated with the strictest confidence. While this is an award recognizing the overall cemetery, we ask for finalists to be prepared to make a cemetery staff member available to be interviewed.

Recognition   top

The winner of the American Cemetery Excellence Award will:

  • Receive an award plaque.
  • Be featured in a cover story and profile in the December issue of American Cemetery.
  • Be promoted via press releases and other marketing initiatives.
  • Receive a Cemeterian Survival Kit package. (Includes: A one-year subscription to American Cemetery & Cremation magazine, a complete set of Funerals of the Famous, Guide to Grounds Maintenance, The Green Funeral Service Desk Reference. A value of $387.85)

Judging Criteria   top

  • How active is your cemetery in the community?
  • How well are your grounds maintained?
  • How innovative is your cemetery?
  • How well is your cemetery performing?
  • How does your cemetery exemplify team spirit?
  • Photos to illustrate the beauty of your cemetery.

How to Enter   top

We want to hear how your cemetery (or one that you think deserves the award) meets our judging criteria.

The following information must be provided:

  • A fully filled out and legible entry form.
  • A detailed summary that includes: Specific successes, business hurdles/challenges overcome, examples of maintenance and planning goals, how you work together as a team to keep the cemetery operating smoothly.
  • Four to six photos showcasing your cemetery.
  • A brief history of the cemetery.
  • Supporting materials, including print and marketing material, examples of newspaper coverage, photographs of community events and unique cemetery features.
All entries become the property of Kates-Boylston Publications and will not be returned. Only finalists will be contacted.

What to send:
  • Entry form
  • Two- to three-page summary
  • One-page history of the cemetery
  • Four to six photos of your cemetery
  • Examples of your cemetery's community involvement
  • Supporting material

Mail Entries to:
Cemetery Excellence Award
3349 Highway 138
Building D, Suite B
Wall, NJ 07719

Email Entries to: or Submit Entries Online.

Deadline   top

Deadline: August 11, 2017 (postmarked)

Previous Winners   top

December 2015 Cover

2016 Winner: Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary
Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier, California, is the recipient of our 2016 Cemetery Excellence Award
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December 2015 Cover

2015 Winner: Curlew Memory Gardens
Curlew Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, Florida, takes top honors as the winner of the 2015 Cemetery Excellence Award
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December 2014 Cover

2014 Winner: The Woodlawn Cemetery
The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York, takes top honors as the winner of the 2014 Cemetery Excellence Award
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December 2013 Cover

2013 Winner: Springvale Botanical Cemetery
Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Victoria, Australia takes top honors as the winner ofthe 2013 American Cemetery Excellence Award.
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December 2012 Cover

2012 Winner: East Lawn Memorial Park
From its beginnings as a small country farm, East Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries has grown to become an integral part of its Sacramento, California, community.
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FAQs   top

Please contact Patti Bartsche at or 732-730-2583.

What sorts of supporting materials are you looking for?
We need a short synopsis of why the nominee/team should receive an award. Please, no more than three pages long, and we want to hear how the cemetery you are nominating matches the judging criteria.

Who will be judging my entries?
We will have a panel of judges from our editorial staff. Your entries will be held in strict confidence.

When and how will the winners be announced?
Finalists will be notified by October and honored in the American Cemetery & Cremation magazine's November issue. The winner will be profiled in December.

Can I submit my entry online?
Yes, you can submit the online entry form.

If your question was not answered here, please contact Patti Bartsche at or 301-591-1845.

Want to be a sponsor of the American Cemetery Excellence Award?   top

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor please contact:

Jeanne Petillo
Brian Kunert

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