Legacy.com Nominated For 10th Annual Webby Award As Best Community Website

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Site dedicated to honoring fallen service members chosen from more than 5,500 entries.

Legacy.com, the leading provider of online obituaries for the nation’s newspapers, was named a Webby Award nominee by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards, hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by The New York Times, annually recognize excellence in web design, creativity, usability and functionality. This year, the Legacy.com “In Remembrance” site was among the five nominees in the “Best Community Website” category.

“In Remembrance,” a Web site that honors every U.S. service member who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan, can be accessed through Legacy.com as well as the online obituary sections of more than 260 newspapers. The site features biographical information, articles, obituaries, photos, guest books and multimedia tributes. Thus far, more than 500,000 people have visited “In Remembrance,” leaving 75,000 guest book entries.

“We are honored to have been nominated for this award and to be able to provide a service that has been helpful to the friends and family members of those who have died serving their country,” said John Bikus, chief marketing officer for Legacy.com. “We hope this nomination will raise awareness of the site so that more people will be able to read about the service members who have sacrificed their lives.”

The Tenth Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from more than 40 countries and all 50 states. As a nominee for a Webby Award, Legacy.com is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award, determined by the online community. Voting is open to the public through May 5 at http://peoplesvoice.webbyawards.com.

Winners for the Webby and People’s Voice Awards will be announced on May 9 and honored at The 10th Annual Webby Awards on June 12 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.                                                                

About Legacy.com            

Legacy.com, based in Evanston, Ill., is the leading provider of online obituary solutions for the nation’s newspapers. The company posts obituaries, death notices, and guest books for one of every two deaths in the U.S. each day. Legacy.com powers obituary sections for more than 260 U.S. newspapers, providing monitored guest books, archive services, and other features. The company’s mission is to use new media technology in expanding ways to celebrate people’s lives. Its sites are visited by more than 4 million users each month.

About The Webby Awards

Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by The New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: AOL; The Creative Group; Verizon; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; Fortune; OnRequest Images; IDG; iStockphoto; American Marketing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced Studios; MX Interactive and Museum of the Moving Image. For more information visit http://www.webbyawards.com.

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