ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - A local charity is celebrating a big milestone.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis celebrated a new record for fundraising at the Peabody Operahouse on Wednesday night. The charity says it has exceeded its fundriasing for 2012 by raising $72,019,850; it's objective was to raise $72 million.
"The generosity of the people and companies in the greater St. Louis region is impressive and inspiring," said United Way 2012 Chair Greg Boyce, who is also Chairmen and CEO of Peabody Energy.
The United Way says more than 2,500 companies ran campaigns and more than 200,000 people contributed to the fundraising effort. Labor unions and employee groups were also part of the effort.
Several area companies donated large amounts of money to the campaign. The St. Louis Regional Business Council, a group that represents more than 100 St. Louis area firms raised more than $10.2 million.
Edward Jones donated more than $4 million. Anheuser Busch, Monsanto, and Wells Fargo all gave $3 million to the United Way.