Several months ago, my wife Liz and I were delighted to hear that we had won the raffle held by Drug Crisis in Our Backyard and Bucci’s Deli. This was a win-win situation for us. We were able to support Drug Crisis in Our Backyard and then, to our surprise, we won!

We have just returned from enjoying the wonderful waterfront condo in St. Petersburg’s Beach, afforded to us from Drug Crisis in Our Backyard’s co-founders, Steve and Susan Salomone. The weather was gorgeous and the light, airy two bedroom condo was beautifully appointed, very comfortable with a view overlooking the bay. We spent time daily relaxing on the spacious deck, the nearby beach and restaurants and soaking up the sun at one of the pools in this golf community.

We are thankful to the Salomone family for the opportunity to experience St. Petersburg’s Beach and for all that they do and ask you to join their mission to eradicating the drug crisis in our backyard by supporting the raffle. Tickets are on sale online at or at Bucci’s Deli (1 for $50 or 3 for $125) from now until the drawing, which will be held on Jan. 16. Proceeds from all of Bucci’s egg sandwiches and Italian combos purchased before the drawing will also support Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, too.

Even if you don’t win the beautiful view, you’ll win by making our backyard more beautiful, through all the work Drug Crisis in Our Backyard is doing. To learn more about Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, visit: