Rypien Foundation 10th Annual Winemakers’ Dinner

An investment banking executive, Michael Quiel supports the Rypien Foundation. To date, Michael Quiel has donated more than $2 million in assets to the organization.

The Rypien Foundation is slated to host its 10th Annual Winemakers’ Dinner on March 14, 2015. The one-night event will take place at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. Attendees will take part in a live and silent auction, which aims to raise funding to support families who have a child with cancer. In addition, a multi-course meal prepared by executive chef Bob Rogers will be accompanied by wine pairings from wineries throughout Walla Walla for guests to enjoy.

A 501 (c)(3) non-profit, the Rypien Foundation hosts a variety of special events each year to benefit inland Northwest families with cancer-diagnosed children. The foundation donates 100 percent of the proceeds raised to its mission.

To learn more about the foundation and event, visit http://www.rypienfoundation.org.


Rypien Foundation’s Creation of a Children’s Emergency Center

Michael Quiel is a longtime investment banking professional who has guided the consulting firm Legend Advisory Corporation as managing principal and director for more than a decade. Over the years, Michael Quiel has contributed approximately $2 million to the pediatric oncology-focused Rypien Foundation. A major project of the foundation has been the creation of a dedicated children’s center at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.

This state-of-the-art facility offers “whole family” support for the loved ones of patients who have received a cancer diagnosis. Shortly following diagnosis, many parents and their children arrive at the hospital in a stressed-out, confused state, unable to manage the new reality of battling cancer. The emergency center is designed to provide children and their parents with a supportive, comfortable environment that addresses both medical and emotional requirements. Children have access to a treatment and waiting area that helps them ease anxieties and gives them a recovery-focused outlook toward their conditions.

Rypien Foundation Funds Music Therapy for Children in Cancer Treatment

President of the capital financing and real estate investment consultancy Legend Advisory Corporation, Michael Quiel possesses more than 23 years of experience in investment and financial management. Besides having helped growing high-risk companies acquire several hundred million dollars in debt financing and equity, Michael Quiel has also contributed significant monetary donations to support the Mark Rypien Foundation. Through its funding of activities such as the Music Therapy program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington, the foundation assists families in the Inland Northwest who have a child struggling with cancer.

Since November 2007, the Rypien Foundation has funded a part-time music therapist who operates the Music Therapy program in the Pediatric Oncology wing of Sacred Heart. Music therapists are accredited health professionals who possess either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music therapy, and may also have completed continuing education that qualifies them for a certificate awarded by the Certification Board for Music Therapy.

Employing techniques demonstrated by research to help enhance patient well-being, the Sacred Heart music therapist engages children undergoing cancer treatment in activities, such as dancing, singing, and drumming, that help alleviate their stress and provide them with a channel for expressing both their anxieties and hopes. This therapeutic approach can be particularly impactful for children in the oncology ward who are too young to have developed the language skills that would allow them to articulate their feelings verbally.

Along with these cathartic benefits, the Music Therapy program also teaches children skills that boost their inner strength during a time when they may feel they are facing insurmountable odds. The music therapist teaches children in the program how to play an instrument and write songs. These new skills can bring them a sense of empowerment that counteracts the feelings of hopelessness which often accompany cancer treatment.

Since the Music Therapy program can be a valuable tool for improving the health and mood of children of all ages during cancer treatment, the Rypien Foundation seeks to provide the resources that will allow Sacred Heart to offer the service to any child in its care.