ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The 2012 fund raising campaign for the United Way of Greater St. Louis set an all-time record.
$72,019,850.00 was the final figure, a million more than last year.
“I think that people in the community are just so generous and understand that there are still a lot of people who need help” said Spokeswoman Carrie Zukoski.
The United Way held its campaign victory celebration Wednesday night at the Peabody Opera House for 2,000 campaign volunteers and contributors.
United Way 2012 Campaign Chair Greg Boyce, chairman and chief executive officer of Peabody Energy, said “It takes all of us from the bi-state region , from companies big and small, from our labor unions, from households throughout our region contributing time, talent and treasure to make this campaign happen.”
The United Way of Greater St. Louis supports 170 agencies in a 16 county region of Missouri and Illinois.
The news release from the United Way of Greater St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO (November 7, 2012) – People in the St. Louis region have demonstrated their generosity and caring by achieving record results for the 2012 fundraising campaign to help their neighbors and strengthen their community. United Way of Greater St. Louis celebrated its campaign victory at Peabody Opera House this evening announcing that the community has helped United Way exceed its $72 million fundraising goal by raising $72,019,850 million to help people.
The generosity of the people and companies of the greater St. Louis region is impressive and inspiring, said United Way 2012 Campaign Chair Greg Boyce, chairman and chief executive officer of Peabody Energy. It takes all of us from the bi-state region, from companies big and small, from our labor unions, from households throughout our region contributing time, talent and treasure to make this campaign happen. These record results support the critical work of the 170 United Way-funded agencies.
Boyce addressed more than 2,000 campaign volunteers and contributors who attended the campaign victory celebration. Thousands of volunteers worked on the 2012 United Way campaign, including employee groups, labor unions, businesses, corporations and government employees. More than 2,500 companies ran campaigns and more than 200,000 individuals contributed to the United Way campaign s success in the 16-county region of Missouri and Illinois.
Jim Weddle, United Way board chair and Edward Jones managing partner congratulated Boyce and the volunteers. I know from experience what a tremendous task this campaign is. Greg told me early on that he planned to approach this campaign one dollar at a time and that every dollar matters. Greg gave his heart in this campaign and it shows. Congratulations to every contributor, big and small, for helping the sick, young and elderly. Your donations help our neighbors, our friends and our families.
More than 90 cents of every dollar United Way raises goes back into the community to provide services that help people become healthier and more self-sufficient.
By the Numbers
The St. Louis Regional Business Council, which represents more than 100 area firms, raised more than $10.2 million this year.
Fourteen companies, their employees and participating labor unions were recognized for combined team gifts of more than $1 million each this year. Team gifts combine the gifts and pledges of employees with the company s corporate contribution.
At the $4 million or more level in team gifts were employees of: Edward Jones.
At the $3 million or more in team gifts were employees of: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Monsanto Company and Wells Fargo Advisors. The Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. gift also includes pledges from its labor unions and Anheuser-Busch Foundation.
At the $2 million or more in team gifts were employees of: Ameren, Emerson and Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
At the $1 million or more in team gifts were employees of: BJC HealthCare, The Boeing Company, MasterCard Worldwide, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Peabody Energy, Schnuck Markets, and U.S. Bank.
People from across the region have stepped up to help their neighbors, co-workers and friends through United Way. United Way of Greater St. Louis supports more than 170 agencies in the counties of: St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln, St. Louis, St. Louis City, and Jefferson counties in Missouri and Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison in Illinois.
About United Way of Greater St. Louis
United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receives services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.