The 6th Annual Purple and Black Benefit - Recovery Works!
Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation
On July 16, 2013, Jake Koenigsdorf was found alone in his apartment dead from a heroin overdose. He was just 21 years old. Like millions of others, his opiate addiction started with pain pills. Heroin use is unfortunately one of the easiest and cheapest options for kids, like Jake, who get hooked on opiates and end up not being able to find a solution to get clean and stay that way. You see, most addicts and alcoholics have three options 1. find a solution 2. get locked up or 3. die. Until one of these happen, their active addiction is like a tornado ripping through the lives of everyone in their path. The wreckage impacting us all—including those of you who have lost loved ones or personal property to drug-related theft or DUI’s, accidents and the list goes on.
Jake’s biggest wish was to leave his mark in the world. He wanted to matter. Jake’s mom and friends want to achieve for him in death what he wasn’t able to in life. In his name, we’ve founded the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation to raise money to help alcoholics and addicts who are willing to do whatever it takes to get clean but don’t have the financial means to find a solution – those that often times slip through the cracks, without wealthy families, insurance or access to state support.
The Foundation has never just been about a dream. We incorporated as a Not-for-Profit in the state of Delaware in November 2013 and received 501c3 status from the IRS in early 2014. With the help from private donations we have been able to provide direction and support for many addicts from across the nation on their journey. We, as a Foundation, vow to continue this fight. Will they all succeed? To be frank, if there was an immediate cure or fix, there would be no need for this Foundation. Our goal is to help connect the addict or alcoholic with a solution that will help them find sobriety and, more importantly, one that will ensure them a lifetime of it. We hope the ones we help will join the ranks of the sober survivors who are making a difference in the lives of helping others become sober.