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.