Greater Mankato Area United Way held its annual Top Executive Leadership & Business Awards Luncheon to recognize corporate involvement in reaching its 2021 campaign goal as well as sustained givers throughout its 90-year history.


Businesses received awards for their participation in corporate and employee giving, sponsorships, volunteering and in-kind donations during United Way’s 2021 campaign, which surpassed $2,060,000 for 56 programs within 36 partner agencies in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties. In honor of United Way’s 90th anniversary year, new Milestone Awards recognized longtime community and corporate supporters.


CEO Barb Kaus also introduced Melanie VanRoekel of United Prairie Bank as United Way’s 2022 campaign chair. VanRoekel announced that Greater Mankato Area United Way’s 2022 campaign kicks off July 27 with a goal of $2,060,000.