Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Presents Donation Check to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

Mary Prenon | September 13, 2021

From left, Drug Crisis Founders Susan and Steve Salomone and Carol Christiansen, who created the organization in 2012 after the loss of their sons to a battle against heroin.

SOMERS—The Hudson Gateway REALTOR Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a check for $2,000 to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, based in Somers, which services the Hudson Valley.

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard was founded in 2012 by Susan and Steve Salomone, and Carol and Lou Christiansen after the loss of their sons to battles against heroin. The community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promotes awareness about drug use, assists addicted and at-risk individuals and their families, and implements measures, including legislation that holds accountable organizations and medical institutions that perpetuate drug use through over-prescription of opiates and other drugs. It serves the region with support groups and various events.

“Sadly, overdose deaths are at epidemic proportions: 93,000 overdosed deaths last year. The pandemic has made it worse,” said Carol Christiansen. “Thank you to the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation for the continued support for our organization,” added Susan Salomone. “With the funds that you have granted us, we will do an educational training for families to help influence change in a loved one’s behavior.”

Christiansen is also a broker with McGrath Realty in Mount Kisco, and Steve Salomone is a Realtor with Houlihan Lawrence Commercial in Rye Brook. For more information, please visit

Since 2014, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation has donated thousands of dollars to charities and non-profits throughout the Hudson Valley. As concerned members of the communities we work in, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation participates in qualified community-based charities who serve the housing, hunger, health, happiness, and humane needs of citizens everywhere.

For more information or to apply for funding from the Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, please visit

Mary Prenon
HGAR, Director of Communications