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Audrey Gruss Hosts White Tea Garden Party

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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On Saturday, August 8th, philanthropist and founder of the Hope For Depression Research Foundation, Audrey Gruss, hosted a White Tea Garden Party to kick off the non-profit organization’s upcoming Fall Luncheon Seminar.

Gruss invited 30 of her closet women friends to her Southampton home and garden called “Fairwind”, where guests arrived dressed in their finest white attire. The blank hue was the talk of the afternoon, where everything from the linen-covered tables to beautiful blooming hydrangeas and dogwood trees were decked out in all-white.

The ladies enjoyed classic tea sandwiches and delightful pastel-colored pastries as Gruss spoke about the importance of nutrition, exercise and sleep. She shared insight about how these factors help maintain a balanced mind and body as well as prevent depression. In addition, Rosemarie Pacheco of Grace’s Marketplace and the granddaughter of Grace Balducci Doria spoke about the effective antioxidants of white tea, a rare commodity that was harvested only once a year and originally saved to be enjoyed by emperors and nobility of the Far East. Through distributor, The Republic of Tea, the item is now available in the U.S.

Notable attendees included  Karen LeFrak, Serena BoardmanMargo Nederlander, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Carol Mack, Lise Evans, Dana Hammond Stubgen, and Francesca Nye.

The Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Luncheon Seminar will be held on November 10th at the 583 Park Avenue venue.

Photos by Sean Zanni at Patrick McMullan.


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