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2020 Veterans Day Arizona

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

Zig Ziglar

Thank you to the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.


  • Phoenix Veterans Day Parade: For the past 23 years, Honoring America’s Veterans has celebrated the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. Although this year is different, their mission has not changed. Due to COVID, they will not be having an in-person parade this year. However, they are still going to honor and recognize veterans and their service to our country. We hope you can join their live stream on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday November 11, 2020 @ 11:00AM. They’ll also be airing our show on television and we’ll share the details with you as we get them.

The following list of special Veterans Day offerings is sourced from various media outlets.

Proper military ID or proof of service may be required. Restrictions may apply. All offers are valid on Nov. 11 only, unless noted.

  • Original Breakfast House Veterans receive a free dine-in meal. Also, a day-long celebration includes live entertainment, games for the family and other activities.
  • Angels Trumpet Ale House Veterans and active military receive 10% off their food bills.
  • Miracle Mile Deli Veterans receive 20% off their bills with valid ID. They receive 10% off year-round.
  • Huss Brewing Co. Everyone gets $6 pitchers and 15% off to-go beer.
  • Venezia’s Pizzeria Veterans and active-duty military get 10% off their orders. Offer is good for in-store orders or pickup only.
  • Blue Clover Distillery Veterans receive a 20% discount on their entire bill at this micro-distillery that also sells its handcrafted gin and vodka by the bottle ($22-$26).
  • S & V Urban Italian With the purchase of an entrée, veterans receive a free entrée of equal or lesser value when showing their military ID. The special cannot be combined with others or coupons.
  • Kasai Japanese Steakhouse Veterans will receive 50% off their entrées.
  • Roaring Fork Veterans receive 15% off their dine-in meals, starting at 4 p.m.
  • Pedal Haus Brewery All military personnel and veterans receive 20% off food and drinks, plus half-off any merchandise.
  • VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen All active or retired veterans will receive one free entrée with proof of service. The offer is limited to one dish per customer and for dine-in only.
  • Cider Corps This veteran-owned craft cidery offers active military and veterans a 10% discount year-round. Styles created specifically in honor of those who serve will be available in 4-packs ($14.99) and include: Sangin Sangria, a red sangria-style drink that blends Cider Corps’ hard apple cider base with fruit that’s named for the town of Sangin where co-owner Jason Duren was injured in service and is known as the deadliest area of Afghanistan; Tropic Lightning, a strawberry and hibiscus cider dedicated to the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army stationed in Hawaii; and Sailor Cherry, a sour cherry and lime cider that’s a nod to Navy vet and tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. The taproom is open for takeout only.
  • Macayo’s All active and non-active military personnel and veterans enjoy one free entrée.
  • Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Active military and veterans receive a 10% discount year-round.
  • Angry Crab Shack All military with valid ID receive 10% off their bill year-round.
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Active and retired military receive a 15% discount year-round.
  • Fired Pie All veterans who show their IDs or are in uniform will receive a free entrée. Veterans receive 10% off their bill year-round.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse Military personnel with proof of service will receive the All-American Steak Plate for just $10.99. It features an 8-ounce Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Red Lobster Veterans, active duty military and reservists with a valid ID will get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu.
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace Several restaurants will offer specials for veterans and active military with proper ID: California Pizza Kitchen (receive a complimentary butter cake; get 20% off daily); ComicX (10% off daily); Dave & Buster’s (military and first responders get 20% off daily for food and game play for up to four guests; offer excludes games on Wednesday); Islands (10% off daily for non-alcoholic purchases); Slices (any two jumbo slices and a 20-ounce drink for $7.99); Smashburger (15% off daily); Thirsty Lion (get a complimentary meal); Tikka Shack (10% off daily).
  • 7-Eleven — Active-duty, retired, veteran, guard, reservists and family members get a free coffee or Big Gulp on November 11. (7-Eleven app and Veterans Advantage membership required.)
  • Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty military can choose one free entrée from the Veterans Day menu on November 11 at select locations.
  • Ahipoki — Veterans and active-duty military receive 50% off poke bowls at all locations across Arizona and California on November 11. Dine-in or take out.
  • Applebee’s — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special menu on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service — On November 11, MILITARY STAR cardholders will receive various deals, including 15% off food orders at participating Exchange restaurants. And Exchange Expresses and participating restaurants will be serving free coffee on November 11.
  • Bakers Square — Active-duty military and veterans receive a free Rise & Shine breakfast on November 11, as well as a 20% off the entire check coupon valid for their next visit from November 12 through 30. Valid for dine-in and pick-up orders only. Online orders use promo code VETSRISE when placing an order for pick-up.
  • Bar Louie — Active or retired military get a free craft burger or flatbread of your choice on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Ben’s Soft Pretzels — Veterans and active military get a Free Jumbo Soft Pretzel on November 11 at participating locations.
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse — On November 11, all current and former military members receive a free entree up to $14.95 plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. Dine-in only.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse — On November 11, veterans get the All-American Steak Plate for $10.99. This deal is available for restaurant dining and takeaway orders.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military get a complimentary meal from a select menu. Dine-in and walk-in takeout only. 
  • Chili’s — Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for in-restaurant only.
  • Chop House — On November 11, active-duty and retired service members get 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
  • Cicis Pizza — Active and retired military get a free adult buffet on November 11. Dine-in only. Coupon required.
  • Claim Jumper — Veterans receive a free entrée from a special menu at participating locations on November 9. Dine-in only.
  • Coco’s — On November 11, veterans and active-duty service members get a free slice of pie, along with a “Buy One, Get One” free deal at all locations. The offer is valid for dine-in or take out orders; online and delivery not included.
  • Country Kitchen — Active and retired military get a free Country Scramble on November 11 at participating locations. Dine-in only.
  • Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake when dining at any location on November 11.
  • Denny’s — Veterans and military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — Veterans get a free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich in-store at participating locations on November 11.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts — On November 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations. Offer available in-store only.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels — Veterans and active-duty military get a free hot or iced medium coffee on November 11.
  • Famous Dave’s — Military personnel get a free Free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich + Side at participating locations on November 11. Valid for Dine-In, To Go, and Online Ordering. Not valid for call in orders.
  • Farmer Boys — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Big Cheese cheeseburger on November 11 at participating locations.
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill — Dine with a veteran or active-duty service member on November 11 at participating locations and their lunch or dinner is free. Dine-in only.
  • Fogo de Chão — Veterans and active-duty personnel get 50% off their entire meal on November 11. In addition, each veteran or active-duty guest will receive 10% off the meals of up to three additional guests.
  • Golden Corral — Golden Corral is handing out a free meal and beverage card between November 1 and 30, while supplies last. Military personnel can then redeem their card once for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday from November 1 to May 31.
  • Grub Burger Bar — On November 11, active-duty military and veterans get a complimentary entree with a valid military ID. Dine-in only.
  • Hamburger Stand — Veterans and active-duty military get a free hamburger, regular fries and a small Pepsi on November 11.
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar — On November 11, veterans and active-duty service members get a free Classic Burger (with or without cheese). This offer is redeemable for in-store dining or to-go orders placed by phone. 
  • Joe’s Crab Shack — Veterans receive 20% off at participating locations on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Krispy Kreme — Veterans get a free doughnut of choice and coffee on November 11.
  • LaMar’s Donuts — Veterans and active-duty military get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee at participating locations on November 11.
  • Little Caesars — Veterans and active military get a free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at participating stores on November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Macaroni Grill — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti on November 11.
  • Menchie’s — Veterans who visit stores on November 11 get their first 6 oz of froyo free.
  • MOD Pizza — Sign up to receive your buy-one, get-one free MOD-size pizza or salad by November 8. MOD will send you a coupon on November 9 to redeem on November 11.
  • Outback Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty service members get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola product to on November 11. Offer available for dine-in or to-go (call-in orders only, not available online).
  • Red Lobster — Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Red Robin – Veterans and active-duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem a free Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries any time between November 12 and 30 for dine-in or to-go. The offer will be automatically uploaded to your dashboard.
  • Starbucks — Veterans, military service members and military spouses get a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee at participating stores on November 11.
  • Tap House Grill — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when they choose in-store until June of next year.
  • Wendy’s — Active military and veterans get a free small breakfast combo on November 11 at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Not valid for mobile orders or at kiosk.
  • Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a small drink at participating locations on November 11.
  • Yard House — Veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary appetizer on November 11.
Business, Education, Inspiration, Real Estate, Uncategorized

Deems Dickinson Elected to The Realty Alliance Board of Directors

Owners and principals of several of the largest real estate firms in North America during their stockholders meeting October 7 unanimously elected President and Designated Broker, Deems Dickinson, of Scottsdale based Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) to the board of directors of The Realty Alliance, a network of top-producing brokerages.

The Realty Alliance (TRA) comprises of 70 full-service, residential real estate companies, representing more than 130,000 salespeople and several thousand support staff and employees of affiliated businesses such as mortgage, title, insurance and property management. The organization allows member firms to keep their own brand, but if measured against the top names in real estate, The Realty Alliance would be in the top three in the world measured by sales volume, transactions and agent count.

Deems’ experience includes receiving REALTOR® Emeritus Status at the end of 2019 with the National Association of REALTORS® for his 40 years of membership and service which have been spent with Russ Lyon SIR. He currently sits on the Arizona Regional MLS Board of Directors as well as the Arizona Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee. Most recently he has been ranked among the top 200 brokers nationwide in the Swanepoel Power 200 Ranking.

Dickinson will help plan and direct the activities of the organization, which include developing and implementing support services for member companies, as well as overseeing the network’s advocacy efforts as it works to shape policy and practice within the industry and with various lawmakers and regulators. Ultimately the group seeks to improve the homebuying experience for consumers and to help brokers and their salesforce be more efficient. Dickinson will begin his three-year term November 1.

Russ Lyon SIR joined TRA in 2003, six years after major brokerages formed the organization. The Russ Lyon SIR marketing, technology and accounting divisions participate in various TRA initiatives and conferences to collaborate with all members all over the nation.

Deems has been an active contributor to The Realty Alliance for many years. He and his firm have demonstrated thought leadership within our organization and through the growth of their own company during the challenges of the last several years. His perspective will be valuable as our board looks to provide guidance to our member companies in the coming months to help them adjust to changing consumer needs and expectations and to opportunities created by new technologies and new business models.

Craig Cheatham, President and CEO of The Realty Alliance


LPG Closes $3,575,000 Scottsdale Home

Jay Pennypacker, Will Foote and Debbie Negrin of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Pinnacle Peak office represented the buyer of a $3,575,000 Scottsdale home within Mirabel Club.

The custom 6,482 SF home designed by poetzl architecture and built by Linear Homes features 4-bedrooms, 4.5-bathrooms, an open transitional floor plan showcasing walls of retractable doors and expansive patios for outdoor living at its finest.

This home overlooks a glistening fairway lake on the 10th hole of the award-winning Mirabel Golf Course and is surrounded by breathtaking views of sunsets, city lights and majestic vistas of Pinnacle Peak. 


Allan Macdonald Sells $8.25M Silverleaf Estate

Allan MacDonald of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Market Street office has sold a Silverleaf estate in Scottsdale for $8,250,000.

The 11,045 SF modern mediterranean home built by G.S. Fries Construction offers sweeping city light and mountain views from every corner. Seamless indoor/outdoor living makes this estate remarkably stellar and impeccable for astute entertaining. Grand living spaces with generous covered outdoor living spaces appointed with the finest details and finishes. Expansive epicurean kitchen with full auxiliary kitchen and family room with stunning city light and mountain views. 

Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate, Uncategorized

Elevating Luxury Properties and Pat Scheckner Close $3M Custom Home

Cheryl D’Anna, Donna LeGate, Bob Terry and Pat Scheckner of the Russ Lyon SIR Desert Mountain and Pinnacle Peak offices represented both sides of this sleep contemporary masterpiece in Desert Mountain for $3,000,000.

The 4,279 SF custom home created by award-winning Sever Design Group, offers the ultimate in privacy and panoramic views. With 4-bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, this stunning statement is nestled among majestic boulders and rock formations on 2 acres of seclusion and spectacular desert landscape. At an elevation of 3,700 feet, this extraordinary retreat provides the coolest temperatures to be found along with abundant wildlife. The seamless indoor-outdoor open floor plan is highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city lights and endless views of the surrounding mountains and fiery sunsets. The soaring ceilings and Ankara travertine stone flooring set the stage for elegant entertaining. 

Architecture, Business, Real Estate, Uncategorized

Ken Roberts Sells Don Woods Design

Ken Robertson of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sedona office has represented the buyer of a beautiful Sedona estate with uninterrupted red rock views and privacy.

The 5 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom home is ideal for a large family living or as a corporate/executive retreat location offering wide-ranging, desirable amenities, and high-quality construction. Lavish, comfortable, meditative, contemplative and relaxing, and motivational spaces accommodate day or evening, casual or formal activities. Enjoy stunning 360-degree RED ROCK views from the spacious master suite, sumptuous library or offices and indoor pool. The estate includes main and guest-houses, and convenient live-in staff quarters. Potential for building a separate collector car garage, vineyard, or horse facilities.


Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation Partners with Arizona Association of REALTORS to Sell T-Shirts and Raise Funds to Benefit Arizona Housing Fund

The Love Your Neighbor T-Shirt Sales Start Monday, May 4th

The Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation, a subsidiary of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is partnering with the Arizona Association of REALTORS to raise money for the Arizona Housing Fund. The sales start Monday, May 4th, and only runs through Monday, May 18th, 2020. 

The Love Your Neighbor t-shirts are being produced by local Tempe business Anton Sport and just $20.

They are available online at

All the proceeds benefit the AZ Housing Fund. The Arizona Housing (AZHF) is a dedicated and sustainable revenue source that grants funding to the nonprofit agencies that build and operate Permanent Supportive, Low-Income and Working Poor Housing. Its equity grants will enable more housing units to be constructed, meeting the growing needs of our communities in Arizona with the goal of reducing homelessness.

For every shirt or onesie ordered the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation will donate $10 to the Arizona Housing Fund. 

There has never been a more important time for everyone to come together and support the Arizona Housing Fund. This foundation gives families a fighting chance to stay in their homes and helps others find housing.

Betsy Dickinson, president of the russ lyon charitable foundation
Architecture, Business, COVID-19, Education, Entertainment, Real Estate, Uncategorized

Luxury Real Estate headlines | February 2020

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Selected to Represent Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents Throughout the State of Arizona –

Nine Frank Lloyd Wright Properties are Currently for Sale in the US – Design Boom

PHOTOS: Paradise Valley home with unobstructed views of Camelback Mountain on market – AZ Family


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands in Boston

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that its independently owned and operated affiliate, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Massachusetts, has acquired local firm, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., which has achieved more than $4 billion in sales revenue since its inception. The company will now operate as Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Boston is a region that continues to see tremendous growth year-over-year. Over the past 14 years, Larry, Paul and their team have achieved notable success and have provided unparalleled client service to the Boston area. We are proud to support the continued growth of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Philip White, President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty

The merger expands the firm’s presence in the Boston MetroWest residential real estate market. Co-owned and operated by Larry Rideout, chairman, and Paul McGann, president, of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, the acquisition expands the company’s footprint to include offices in Wellesley, Weston, Needham, and Sudbury, Massachusetts. Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty now has 22 offices and more than 350 independent sales associates.

“The acquisition marks a significant achievement for our firm and further increases our presence in the Boston area,” said Larry Rideout, chairman and co-owner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. “There is a continued demand for luxury and residential homes in our market and the right representation enables us to further drive the success of our agents.”

As part of the merger, principals Debi Benoit, Amy Mizner, and Sheryl Simon will join the company, uniting their esteemed local standing with the Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty firm’s premier reputation. The award-winning company brings their extensive experience and expertise in representing leading luxury properties across Dover, Natick, Needham, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, and Westwood.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® network now has a total of 46 affiliated and company-owned offices throughout the state of Massachusetts.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion USD. Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.