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Kiewit Infrastructure Co. has a long history of charity, whether it's through the United Way community and holiday events, or annual Golf Outings. Kiewit is an employee-owned company that takes care of its own. Formed in 1884, the company has grown into a Fortune 500 construction, mining, and engineering powerhouse that works hard to give back to the community and employees. This year, Kiewit broke the $1 million giving mark to CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
"We are so grateful for Kiewit's onging support," says Laura Thrall, CureSearch president and CEO. "Their generosity, and that of their employees, has had a positive impact on rhabdomyosarcoma research in the hopes that one day children like Jake won't lose their lives to this devastating disease."
When Jake Koenigs, the son of an employee, passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer in 2006, Kiewit's Eastern District wanted to help. Jake's father Harry says, "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 felt that CureSearch was that organization and my coworkers at Kiewit agreed." In 2007, the Jacob Koenigs Memorial Golf Tournament, known simply as Jakefest, was held to raise funds for CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
Kiewit's Eastern District has held an annual employee golf outing for many years. But after one of their employees' son passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in December of 2006, Kiewit immediately renamed the outing Jakefest to honor their hero, Jake Koenigs. Jake's father Harry says, "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 felt that CureSearch was that organization and my coworkers at Kiewit agreed."
Since the first tournament, Jakefest has grown across the country and outings are hosted in Chicago, Kansas City, New York/New Jersey, and Homer City, PA. Over the past seven years, employees at Kiewit have worked together with their business partners to help all the "Jakes" out there and bring hope to the many families whose lives have been profoundly affected by childhood cancer. "We are blown away by the generosity of our employees, our business associates and, our friends that have joined in on the event," says Richard Akers, District Administration Manager. "We are looking forward to many more years of continued success and moving towards a cure."
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