JANESVILLE

The United Way Blackhawk Region met its 2017 community campaign goal of $2.5 million with help from more than 80 workplace campaigns and 8,000 individual donors.

The nonprofit celebrated a successful year of fundraising Wednesday morning at its annual Live United celebration breakfast at the Pontiac Convention Center in Janesville, according to a news release.

Money from the campaign will be used toward its 2018 community grants and the United Way’s operating budget.

More than a dozen new corporate partners joined to help United Way reach its goal this year, according to a news release.

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, Beloit, received the Emerging Campaign Award on Wednesday for “creating an atmosphere of support for United Way” in its first year as a corporate partner, according to the release.

Five area businesses were awarded Cornerstone Awards for exceeding $100,000 in pledges including ABC Supply, Beloit Health System, Kerry, Mercyhealth System and Regal Beloit.

Beloit Health System was also awarded the Live United Award, which is presented annually to a company that “displays exceptional support for the United Way through its workplace campaign, as well as volunteerism.”

Beloit Health System raised more than $106,000 in pledges this year, according to the release.

Lynn Gardinier, partner CPA and CMA at Baker Tilly, was awarded the Geraldine Hedberg Volunteer of the Year Award. Karen Lisser, executive director of ECHO, was honored with the Excellence in Advocacy Award.

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