Pate Funeral Home Receives Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction

Pate Funeral Home, of Benton, was recently recognized by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association as a recipient of its first Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction. There were ten funeral homes that achieved this prestigious honor for their efforts during 2019-2020.

Steven Pate

“Congratulations to all of the recipients of the 2020 Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction,” said 2020-2021 IFDA President Robert J. Smith, Jr. “You are an example of what is best in funeral service. We encourage every IFDA member to strive for and receive this award, and to enhance their service to the community.”

This is the third year that the association has established the awards program as a way to recognize the exemplary and enduring contributions that its members make to the communities they serve, as well as to the funeral profession. The Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction has been instituted to recognize IFDA members for their outstanding achievements in select areas and to promote initiatives in social and educational areas. These firms inspire future generations of leaders to higher levels of achievement.

Entries and the accompanying criteria were carefully reviewed by the IFDA Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction Committee. Pate Funeral Home completed stringent funeral service criteria related to Community Outreach, Family Outreach, and Professional Development.

IFDA represents 478 funeral homes and more than 1,100 individual licensed Illinois Funeral Directors and Embalmers who adhere to the IFDA Constitution and Code of Professional Conduct in addition to the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Code.

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