The Rypien Foundation Helps Children with Cancer


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Rypien Foundation

Michael Quiel is a generous supporter of the Rypien Foundation. Founded by Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, the foundation helps provide for families with children battling cancer. Through his involvement with the foundation, Michael Quiel has donated over two million dollars to the organization.

Mark Rypien started the foundation in 2004 to remember his son, Andrew, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of three in 1998. Based in Seattle, Washington, the Rypien Foundation provides funding to support programs and projects that benefit children with cancer. The foundation also works to support the families of young cancer patients by providing a healing environment full of hope. It finds support through the generous donations of those who want to help, and also holds different fundraising events throughout the year.

The largest annual fundraiser is the Winemakers’ Dinner. The black tie event features a five-course gourmet meal, which is paired with selected Washington State wines. Attendees can also bid on silent and live auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the Rypien Foundation.


The Rypien Foundation – Supporting Children with Cancer

Michael Quiel is the managing partner of the Legend Asset Opportunity Master Fund, where he consults with clients on financial strategies. Also a philanthropist, Michael Quiel has contributed more than $2 million in assets to the Rypien Foundation.

Organized by Mark Rypien, the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI, the Rypien Foundation supports families of children with cancer in the Inland Northwest, subsidizing programs that improve their quality of life and chances for recovery. It contributes 100 percent of funds raised through donations and special events to initiatives that directly benefit children battling cancer.

Since 2005, the Rypien Foundation has been a beneficiary of a fundraising golf tournament sponsored by Zak Designs, a maker of children’s tableware and mealtime products. In 2014, the Zak!Charity Open brought in a record $566,000 for the Rypien Foundation. The 2016 event will begin on Sunday, July 24 with a summer celebration dinner and auction at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The tournament will be held the next day at the Manito Golf and Country Club. Other events include a barbecue lunch and a VIP reception hosted by Mark Rypien himself.