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National Agents Alliance sponsors, volunteers to fundraising efforts at Duke Children’s Hospital Radiothon

Duke Children's Radiothon

DURHAM, N.C. – Agents and corporate employees of National Agents Alliance volunteered during the Duke Children’s Hospital MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM Radiothon on Feb. 12, helping raise more than $1.1 million during the two-day event. NAA was also a “Circle of Hope” sponsor for the event.

The radiothon is Duke Children’s Hospital’s largest single fundraising event annually. It raises funds to benefit children’s programs and supports the continuation of excellence within the medical and surgical programs housed at Duke Children’s Hospital. The MIX 101.5 Radiothon for Duke Children’s raises more money per capita than any other Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s Radiothon in the U.S. or Canada. The event has raised nearly $15.4 million in the last 19 years thanks to donations from listeners, sponsors, patient families and hundreds of volunteers.

Josh Hewitt, Associate Director of Development at Duke Children’s Hospital, said roughly 200 people volunteered to help the event a success. Volunteers come from corporate sponsors, former patients and patients, doctors and physicians from the Triangle area and individuals that just want to help make the event successful.

“We’ve been partnering with MIX 101.5 for 19 years to raise money for all the things that we do here at Duke Children’s,” Hewitt said. “Duke does not receive any money from the state; it’s all run on philanthropic dollars. Groups like The Alliance and our other corporate partners make all this happen each and every year. It’s about $50 a minute to do the research that we do at Duke and that money comes from these radiothons. That’s what we do to make a difference each and every day.”

In the three hours that members of The Alliance volunteered, more than $200,000 was raised. A group of around 60 people worked the telephone to take pledges and also called friends and family to raise money.

National Agents Alliance Agency Manager Aaron Guetterman and his wife, Dana volunteered on behalf of The Alliance. He said it felt good to give back to such a worthy cause.

“We were taking calls and it was just an amazing experience,” Guetterman said. “It was an honor to come here and volunteer. I would love to come back next year. It’s just another way for The Alliance to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Erika Teer, a recruiter at NAA’s corporate office, said she enjoyed meeting people from other industries during her shift.

“It was a blast,” Teer said. “The coolest part was seeing everybody working together for a common cause. I would love to come back and do this again next year. It was a great experience and I know that it’s a great cause. National Agents Alliance is all about making a difference and we definitely did that today.”

Donations received support valuable programs and services for Duke Children’s Hospital patients and their families, such as:

  • preoperative educational brochures, teaching dolls and videos for children;
  • a reading program to promote early literacy skills among children at highest risk for school failure;
  • craft supplies for the Child and Adolescent Life program;
  • enuresis alarms for urology patients;
  • meal and parking passes and phone cards to assist low income families with local needs while their children are at Duke Children’s;
  • magazine subscriptions, toys and games for clinic areas;
  • weekly visits to both inpatient and clinic areas by clowns, mimes, magicians and singers in our Make ‘em Smile program.

“Everyone who volunteers has fun and it makes a huge impact at Duke,” Hewitt said. “The money helps provide for research here, clinical care, emergency care and Duke is known for its specialties in heart and all of our intensive care units, all of this money goes toward those efforts.”

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, located in Durham, N.C., is nationally ranked among the best in pediatric health care programs.  Caring for children is our number one priority, from routine check-ups and immunizations to the treatment of life-threatening injuries and illnesses.  At Duke Children’s, we provide hope and the most advanced health care available.  Offering innovative procedures including stem cell and bone marrow transplants as well as a variety of support services for our patients and their families, Duke Children’s cares for children from around the world. We are also a critical local resource – taking care of 60 percent of Durham’s children with more than 70 percent of patients coming from central North Carolina.  For more information please visit


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