DURHAM, N.C. – National Agents Alliance and Foresters played key roles in helping Duke Children’s Hospital set a fundraising record Feb. 13.
Utilizing staff members from National Agents Alliance and a matching pledge from Foresters, the hospital’s annual radiothon raised more than $181,000 during a 120 minute “power hour” that day. The $181,000 was the largest amount ever raised in any two-hour time segment in the 14-year history of the radiothon.
In all, the three-day radiothon raised $1,175,759.71. All of that money will be used by the children’s hospital to purchase needed items for the hospital’s young patients and their families.
The radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital raises more money per capita than any other Children’s Miracle Network radiothon in the U.S. and Canada.
“We are thrilled with the generosity our community shows year after year,” said Kristen Johnson, director of special events at Duke.
The money raised this year will be used to purchase teaching dolls and videos for children, books for a reading program, craft supplies, enuresis alarms for the urology patients, meal and parking passes and phone cards to assist low income families with local needs while their children are at Duke, magazine subscriptions, toys and games for clinic areas, as well as weekly visits to both inpatient and clinic areas by clowns, mimes, magicians and singers through the Make ‘em Smile Program.
Each year more than 175,000 children visit the Duke Children’s Hospital, many of them in need of advanced medical treatment that can only be obtained at the top children’s hospitals in the world.
National Agents Alliance supports CMN radiothons at children’s hospitals throughout the United States, sending agents and staff to answer phones and take donations from those who call in. Many of the company’s more than 8,000 agents also provide financial support to CMN and its member hospitals.
Foresters, a life insurance company that provides financial services products to the public through NAA agents, underwrites the costs of the CMN radiothons throughout the U.S. Thanks to Foresters support, all of the money raised during the fund raising events goes directly to the hospital and to the needs of the children.
For 14 years, Mix 101.5 WRAL has served as the host of the radiothon for Duke’s Children’s Hospital.