Rypien Foundation Provides Dental Treatment through Smiles Program

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Michael Quiel leads Legend Advisory Corporation with more than 29 years of experience in the investment field. The company serves corporations of all sizes from its headquarters in Arizona. Outside of his obligations to the company, Michael Quiel supports the Rypien Foundation in assisting children and their families affected by childhood cancer. Initiatives operated by the Rypien Foundation include the Smiles Program.

The Smiles Program provides free orthodontic treatment plans to patients and survivors of pediatric cancer with the intention of preventing further health problems and boosting self-esteem. Funds provided by the program cover the hard costs for orthodontic treatment, and the foundation partners with a number of licensed orthodontists to create customized treatment plans for each child. Eligible patients are selected through recommendations by doctors and Rypien Foundation staff, and participation in the program is completely voluntary.

Successful execution of the program relies on the generosity of qualified local orthodontists who provide their services at no cost. Orthodontists currently enrolled in the Smiles Program include Dr. Bret Johnson, Dr. Stephanie Combs, Dr. Scott Ralph, and Dr. Diane Paxton, among five others. More information about the Smiles Program and other Rypien Foundation initiatives is available at rypienfoundation.org/beneficiaries/programs.


Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona Chapter Hosts Wish Ball

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As managing principal and director of Legend Advisory Corporation in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Michael Quiel assists with corporate formation and deals with more than $200 million in equity. When not in the office, Michael Quiel supports several local nonprofit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Arizona chapter.

The founding chapter of the entire organization, the Make-A-Wish Arizona grants wishes for children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Established in 1980, the Arizona chapter has evolved to include volunteers, donors, and families who have helped grant almost 5,000 wishes since its inception. In 2014 alone, the chapter granted 330 wishes.

One of the fundraising events for the Arizona chapter is its Wish Ball. The 2016 event, scheduled for April 2 at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, celebrates 36 years of granting wishes. The Wishes Are Forever ball includes a silent and live auction as well as a chance to hear first-hand how the wishes affect children and their families. The charity aims to make 365 wishes come true each year, and Make-A-Wish Arizona uses money from the ball to support this goal.

How to Support the Rypien Foundation

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An Arizona executive and philanthropist, Michael Quiel supports local organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Phoenix Youth. Additionally an advocate of the Rypien Foundation, Michael Quiel has contributed more than $2 million to its cause.

Raising funds to support Inland Northwest families battling childhood cancer, the Rypien Foundation welcomes volunteers and donations to continue its mission. In terms of volunteerism, the foundation hosts numerous fundraising events that require the support of event coordinators and assistants. Opportunities to solicit auction items and manage registration are available. In addition, a person can help with the setup and breakdown of events. The home office also seeks help in areas ranging from filing paperwork to writing grants.

Individuals interested in making donations can do so by mailing a check to the nonprofit or calling to contribute monetarily over the phone. Further, the foundation accepts planned giving donations and donations of clothing and household items. The latter involves a partnership with Savers to collect gently used items for resale. Part of the proceeds gained from sales is donated to the Rypien Foundation.

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.