Russ Lyon Foundation Donates $5,000 to Assist Recovery Efforts Following the Recent Severe Flash Flood Damage

Russ Lyon Sotheby's International RealtyFLAGSTAFF, AZ – The Russ Lyon Foundation is there when neighbors and the community need help and this past week the charitable arm of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty turned out again to lend a helping hand. 

When the Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS® forwarded the call for assistance due to the recent flooding in Flagstaff, the Russ Lyon Foundation heeded the call. The Board of Directors immediately arranged for a $5000 donation to the Arizona Community Fund of Flagstaff. The money raised is assisting in the recovery efforts of those in the affected communities. The Russ Lyon Foundation was among the first to step up and with their contribution the Flagstaff Flash Flood Disaster Relief Fund took off with $15,000 at the start of the donation drive. 

“The power of our network is so strong and our agents are generous in times of need. When disaster strikes it’s an amazing feeling and sight to see our family of agents reach out from all over Arizona to help our community partners in need,” said Betsy Dickinson of the Russ Lyon Foundation. 

The Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff established the Flagstaff Flash Flood Disaster.

The funds will be used to address post-recovery, repair and community rebuilding efforts. The repair and rebuilding needs may include environmental and infrastructure projects, community clean-up, support for displaced families, animal care and/or rehabilitation and rebuilding of damaged buildings or homes resulting from the flash floods throughout the Flagstaff area. 

One of those people who is committed to helping residents and the community is Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Flagstaff Sales Manager Bret Lamberson. During the flooding, Lamberson, a long-time Flagstaff resident took morning shifts to help fill and move sandbags to prevent further flood damage. 

“The Flagstaff community is a small one but when there’s a crisis people come together in a big way to support one another and get the community through it. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Lamberson. “Just as our community members come together its equally exciting to see organizations like our Russ Lyon Foundation do all it can for Arizona’s communities and families.” 

The Russ Lyon Foundation is dedicated to supporting Arizona’s non-profits and so far in 2021 the charity has donated more than $65,000 to various causes throughout the state. Whether it is volunteering, hosting charitable drives or making donations, the Russ Lyon Foundation has strived to uplift communities during these unprecedented times. 

Some of those organizations include:  

Lighthouse for Hope, Verde Valley Food Project, Dress for Success Phoenix, Flagstaff Family Food Center, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Gospel Rescue Mission – Tucson, Foothills Food Bank, A Dream and a Pencil, Saint Mary's Food Bank, Girl Scouts of America - Junior Troop 1656, Congenital Heart Defect Families of Tucson, AZ Helping Hands, Phoenix Rescue Mission, American Service Animal Society, Operation Paperback, United Animal Friends, Honor Health Shea, Mesa Hydration Donation which benefitted United Food Bank, A New Leaf and Paz de Cristo, Maricopa Community College, Pima Community College, Yavapai College, Coconino Community College, Rancho Feliz, Vista Del Camino Food Bank, Foothills Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank, AZCEND, Flagstaff Family Food Center, Yavapai County Food Bank, Sedona Community Food Bank, Tucson Community Food Bank

For media inquiries contact Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon at or (480) 495-3806. 

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