He has supported the hospital financially himself and has been instrumental in raising awareness of the hospital as a worthy cause for more than three decades. He has served multiple years on multiple hospital and foundation boards and even helped create and champion one of the hospital’s signature fundraising events. Over the past 33 years, Six Flags Day, the one time a year when guests can be assured a fun time with no lines, has raised $11.5 million for the vital programs and services that ensure the highest quality pediatric care.
Dale put his heart into making sure the hospital’s 2004-2008 Care and Cures campaign, which raised $120 million to launch the CDI, was a success. Since then, CDI’s return on the $50 million investment made by its investors has shown a $222 million return.
“That’s not something we talk enough about,” he says. “We should be very proud of that achievement and should be telling anyone who will listen. There are very few places where someone like a bright, young Todd Druley (an early faculty scholar for the CDI) can get seed funding to pursue an idea that he can then leverage to gain a world-wide reputation and millions of dollars in pediatric research support.”
In his role as a member of the CDI Board of Managers, Dale has seen the CDI mature into an important recruitment tool for the hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. He points to the recent addition of David Perlmutter, MD, PhD, as the School of Medicine dean; and Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, as executive director of the CDI and pediatrician-in-chief as examples of how the existence of the CDI has helped “deepen the bench.”
“I like to use a baseball analogy,” he says. “If you’re the St. Louis Cardinals, you have to go out and require a free agent once in a while. And you have to keep investing in new talent and teach them ‘the Cardinals’ way.’ The CDI allows us to attract the nation’s top scientific and pediatric talent and teach them the ‘School of Medicine way’.”