Zak!Charity Open Raises Funds for the Rypien Foundation

An Arizona investment banking professional, Michael Quiel currently serves as president of Legend Advisory Corporation in Fountain Hills. Strongly committed to his Arizona community, Michael Quiel supports charitable organizations including the Rypien Foundation, to which he has donated more than $2 million in assets.

Founded by Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, the Rypien Foundation supports families of children with cancer. Among its signature fundraisers is The Zak!Charity Open, a golf tournament sponsored by children’s dinnerware maker Zak Designs. Held at the Manito Golf and Country Club, the event donates 100 percent of its proceeds to the Rypien Foundation. The 2016 Zak!Charity Open begins on July 24 with a summer celebration dinner at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino, followed by the golf tournament the next day. Supporters are also invited to a BBQ and VIP luncheon hosted by Mark Rypien.

Since its establishment 17 years ago, the Zak!Charity Open has raised more than $5.2 million for children’s charities, with a record $566,000 raised in 2014 alone.


Internship Opportunities with the Make-A-Wish Foundation

As owner and president of the Legend Advisory Corporation in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Michael Quiel has managed his own investments and assisted with over $200 million in equity and debt financing. Apart from his professional duties, Michael Quiel supports organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and donors nationwide to facilitate its vision of making wishes come true for children who have life-threatening medical conditions. In addition to numerous volunteer opportunities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation offers internship positions for individuals who want to gain professional experience in the nonprofit sector while contributing to an inspiring mission. Internship opportunities vary by semester, but include positions in the areas of human resources, development, corporate alliances, and finance and operation.

Open to undergraduate or graduate students, semester-long Internships are compensated hourly. To view current internship opportunities or to apply online, visit

Referring a Child to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Michael Quiel has served as the president of Legend Advisory Corporation in Fountain Hills, Arizona, since 1999. Outside of his work with the real estate consultancy and investment company, Michael Quiel engages in charitable activities with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Today the Foundation grants such wishes every 37 minutes. Candidate children and their families approach the Foundation in a number of ways, including personal referrals. Individuals can begin the process by visiting and locating their local Make-A-Wish chapter. Referrals can be made by a number of parties, including family members, parents, and legal guardians, medical professionals familiar with a child’s case, or the children themselves.

Before an individual case can be reviewed by the Foundation, the child in question must meet the basic eligibility requirements. Any child between the ages of two and a half and 18 living with a life-threatening medical condition may be considered for a wish. After the child has qualified and a referral inquiry form has been submitted, nominating parties and foundation representatives can collaborate on a wish for the child that is both achievable and fitting.