Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation Donates $10,000 in Response to Coronavirus Health Crisis

Posted by Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon — March 26, 2020

Russ Lyon Sotheby's International RealtySCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation, a subsidiary of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, Money will go to food banks across Arizonawill be donating $10,000 to nine food banks across Arizona in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The various offices will be donating the funds to the following food banks:

  • Camelback Tower and Pinnacle Peak (Corporate Office) will be donating $2,000 to the Vista del Camino Food Bank, managed by Scottsdale Community Partners
  • Carefree will be donating $1,000 to the Foothills Food Bank
  • West Valley will be donating $1,000 to the St. Mary’s Food Bank
  • Southeast Valley will be donating $1,000 to AZCEND
  • Flagstaff will be donating $1,000 to the Flagstaff Family Food Center
  • Prescott will be donating $1,000 to the Yavapai County Food Bank
  • Sedona will be donating $1,000 to the Sedona Community Food Bank
  • Tucson will be donating $1,000 to the Tucson Community Food Bank (Punch Woods Brach), a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Tubac will be donating $1,000 to the Amado Food Bank, a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The rippling effects of the coronavirus pandemic are not only affecting businesses, restaurants and bars but local food banks as well. Food banks across the state are continuing to provide resources to people in need within their communities. However, with more families experiencing lapses in income, food and necessities brought on by the coronavirus, supplies and volunteers at food banks are starting to decrease. On March 19th, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey activated the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks in response to the growing need.

“The Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation strives to improve lives and communities of those in need while spreading compassion and kindness within our state,” said Todd Gillenwater, CEO of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and Founder of Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation. “During these unprecedented times, we are very grateful to be in a position to give back and have the ability to assist organizations that provide essential resources to communities and individuals in dire need.”

The Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation seeks to provide valuable and meaningful service work within communities as well as charitable investments. Since the foundation began in 2014, over $500,000 has been contributed towards various 501c3 Arizona-based organizations through direct donations, service-work hours, matching funds, sponsorships and fundraisers. 

For media inquiries please contact Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon or Mike Sunnucks at or 480.495.3806.

About Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation

For 70 years the agents and employees of Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty have been involved in community service work and charitable organizations in Arizona. It provides a safe and fulfilling way for Russ Lyon|Sotheby's International Realty family to give back to the community. Within each office, there is a team of Volunteer Corps. This team of agents assists to provide help to those in need. From food preparation shifts at St. Mary's Food Bank to litter collection teams at Oak Creek Canyon. It is the goal for Russ Lyon|Charitable Foundation to provide valuable and meaningful service within our community in Arizona.

About Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Since 1947, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty has gathered realty craftsmen dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. From the ownership, management, agents and affiliate services, every person involved in the company utilizes innovative skills, programs and technologies to create the finest real estate services company to be found.

The mission of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is to provide its clients with the most responsive personalized service attainable – nothing less will do. The environment within Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is unique in the industry. Seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the Company’s members to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved. 

Collaboration and networking are fostered to create a synergy that puts the whole company to work for every client. The artistic blending of proven traditions and state-of-the-art innovation is unsurpassed. These assets are positioned on a base of financial stability and corporate staying power. 

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