Updated: August 8, 2013

The Arizona REALTORS® Disaster Assistance Foundation (ARDAF) asked – and Arizona REALTORS® responded! When 19 firefighters lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013, ARDAF asked for assistance and the response was overwhelming, to the tune of $18,180!

Evan Fuchs, president of ARDAF (a 501(c)(3) corporation run by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® and Arizona Association of REALTORS® President Sue Flucke, were humbled by the immediate response by Arizona REALTORS® and the amount of the generosity.

On behalf of ARDAF and AAR, Evan and Sue would like to thank the following contributors:
• Central Arizona Board of REALTORS®
• Lake Havasu Association of REALTORS®
• Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS®
• Phoenix Association of REALTORS®
• Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®
• Southeast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS®
• Tucson Association of REALTORS®
• White Mountain Association of REALTORS®
• Yuma Association of REALTORS®
• New Mexico Association of REALTORS®
• Individual member contributions

  • Steve Gibson
  • Rosie Mathis
  • Sherry Wang
  • Shirley Rupp
  • Anna Marsolo
  • Allodial Assets, LLC.
  • David Carter
  • Rita Crawford
  • Sara Tarango
  • Robert Turner
  • Roger Harlan
  • Choice One Properties
  • Jennie Addington-Bradshaw
  • Jennifer Andes
  • G & D Munson, PC
  • Corinne McCafferty, PLLC
  • Elizabeth Williams

The Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) has done an amazing job or coordinating and collecting contributions to the Prescott Firefighters Charity, as well as coordinating efforts to assist families who lost their homes and/or belongings to the fire. PAAR President Ed Pattermann wrote in one of his updates: “I have heard some truly moving stories this week re: how our REALTOR® community has taken part in the relief efforts for the families of the 19 fallen heroes and the people of Yarnell. From a volunteer Deputy doing a night watch over the burned-out area where the 19 men lost their lives; to those collecting donations, offering their homes, their clothing, their food, time, energy and money for the relief of the victims.”

We are very proud of our Arizona REALTORS® and the generous outpouring of contributions including time, money and supplies. Thank you very much!

If you are interested in making an additional donation, AAR will be collecting checks made out to “AAR-ARDAF”. In the memo, please include “Yarnell Fire Assistance.” Checks can be mailed to AAR offices at:

255 E. Osborn Road
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85012

July 2, 2013

On Sunday, June 30, the Yarnell Hill Fire took a tragic and fatal turn as 19 members of Prescott’s elite Granite Mountain Hotshots fire crew lost their lives. All of Arizona, and the nation, mourn this heartbreaking loss of life. This tragedy will no doubt be emblazoned in the hearts and minds Arizonans for generations to come.

On behalf of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) and the Arizona REALTOR® Disaster Assistance Foundation (ARDAF), a donation will be made to the 100 Club of Arizona in the amount of $5,000 to help the families of these 19 fallen heroes.

If you are interested in making an additional donation, AAR will be collecting checks made out to “AAR-ARDAF”. In the memo, please include “Yarnell Fire Assistance.” Checks can be mailed to AAR offices at:

255 E. Osborn Road
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85012

You may also make a donation via PayPal to the 100 Club of Arizona here.

This tragedy has many victims and the fire still rages on. More than 250 homes were also decimated in this fire. To make a donation to those who have lost their homes, visit the Red Cross website.

Our hearts and prayers continue to be with these families, the Prescott Fire Department, and the community so deeply affected by this fire.



Sue Flucke, President, Arizona Association of REALTORS®

Evan Fuchs, President, Arizona REALTOR® Disaster Assistance Foundation


The following local associations have also made donations:

Phoenix – $2,500

Scottsdale – $1,000

South East Valley Regional (SEVRAR) – $1,000

Tucson – $1,000

Yuma – $500

Central Arizona Board of REALTORS (CABR) donated $2,500 to for the benefit of the fallen firefighters that lost their lives.




About the Author

Michelle Lind

K. Michelle Lind, CEO of Arizona REALTORS®, is also an attorney, State Bar of Arizona board certified real estate specialist, and the author of Arizona Real Estate: A Professional’s Guide to Law and Practice. Please note that this article is of a general nature and may not be updated or revised for accuracy as statutory or case law changes following the date of first publication. Further, this article reflects only the opinion of the author, is not intended as definitive legal advice and you should not act upon it without seeking independent legal counsel.