Since 2007, Kiewit has proudly sponsored its annual Jakefest fundraiser benefiting CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
Jakefest was established by Harry and Robin Koenigs to honor and remember their son, Jake. At just five years old, Jake was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. He passed away in 2006 just one month before his 9th birthday.
The Koenigs family knew that more research was needed to ensure that other children with rhabdomyosarcoma and other cancers receive the best care possible. They also wanted to raise awareness for childhood cancer. in 2007 Harry’s employer, Kiewit, turned the company’s annual employee golf outing into what is now the annual Jakefest event.
"When we realized that Jake wasn't going to survive, we wanted to find a way to give back to an organization that was working towards finding a cure. We knew that CureSearch was that organization.”
- Harry Koenigs, Jake's dad