Dakota Community Bank & Trust President Dale Pahlke (second from the left) poses with winners of Fleck’s Furious 3 Barrel Racing event.

Hats off to Dakota Community Bank & Trust

August 22, 2019

The North Dakota-based bank is a platinum sponsor of the second annual Cowgirls for a Cure on Sept. 12.

With 11 branches throughout central and western North Dakota, Dakota Community Bank & Trust is known for supporting local charities, causes and events.

When Dakota Community Bank & Trust President Dale Pahlke learned about Cowgirls for a Cure, a barrel racing competition benefiting the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative, he saw an opportunity not only to support a sport he respects but a cause he’s personally passionate about.

Inspired by Pahlke’s own experience as a cancer survivor, Dakota Community Bank & Trust became a platinum sponsor of the second annual event. Pahlke sees supporting local breast cancer care and research as an important step in the movement to finding a cure for cancer.

Pahlke recently shared why supporting causes like Edith Sanford is so important:


Why is it important for you to give back as a company?

Dakota Community Bank & Trust takes giving back to our local communities very seriously. We donate, sponsor, participate in events and are actively involved in our communities to help make them better.


Why did you want to be involved with Cowgirls for a Cure in particular?

Dakota Community Bank & Trust is the largest local financial institution supporting the sport of rodeo. Not only do we support rodeo, but we take helping find a lifesaving solution to cancer very seriously.


Why is supporting local breast cancer care especially important?

I think most everyone knows someone who has been stricken with breast cancer. Unfortunately, this disease has affected many of our mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. We feel the more we can do for those who have personally experienced breast cancer as well as those who have the potential to be impacted, the better.


Do you have a personal connection that inspired your giving?

I have personally been affected by three different bouts of cancer. While it was not breast cancer, I feel any giving to proactively further the movement to find a cancer cure is worthwhile.


Why do you think the work of Edith Sanford is so important?

I think that everything done to try to improve people’s lives and save people’s lives is important. Edith Sanford, with their range of services from prevention to care to research, is aiming to do just that.


What impact do you hope to have in the community?

We hope to create some excitement behind this event. We hope that our excitement and involvement gets others involved to, in turn, fund and find a cure for cancer.


What would you say to other local businesses that are considering a gift?

There are so many things in life that we can try to help fix. If you feel this is something that has a bearing on what you think is important in life, it is worth considering to help cure breast cancer.


Cowgirls for a Cure

Join us for an open 4D (1/2 second splits) and peewee barrel racing competition Sept. 12 at Beard Arena in Menoken, N.D.

  • Free admission for spectators. All attendees are encouraged to wear pink in honor of all the breast cancer survivors in our community.
  • Fundraise a minimum of $100 to enter competition. Sign up at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/cowgirls by Sept. 10. Late entries and day-of registration is $125.
  • Your safety is our priority. Please follow all health and safety measures including social distancing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you’re feeling sick.