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Realtors Donate $3k to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

Carol Christiansen, holding a photo of her son, Erik; Lin Crispinelli, president, Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation; and Susan Salomone, holding a photo of her son, Justin

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a check for $3,000 to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard based in Carmel.

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 heroin overdoses. The 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 Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

“Drug Crisis in Our Backyard appreciates the generosity of HG Realtor Foundation,” said Carol Christiansen, co-founder. “This money will assist in our continuing efforts to help families struggling with substance use disorder and launch our new Early Intervention Program designed for teens 12-18.”

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Christiansen, a Somers resident, is also the owner of Café Realty in Mount Kisco. For more information, please contact Drug Crisis in Our Backyard at 845-842-1212.

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard is one of 17 local Hudson Valley charities benefitting from the foundation, which raised more than $30,000 at its September “Monte Carlo Night Gala” at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. Established in 2004 and relaunched in 2013, the foundation has donated thousands of dollars to charities and non-profits throughout the Hudson Valley.

For more information or to apply for funding from the foundation, please visit hgrealtorfoundation.com.

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is a not-for-profit trade association covering over 10,300 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties. It is the second largest Realtor association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. It owns and operates the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS), offering more than 24,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest MLSs in the country.

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