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Hope for Depression Research Kick-Off Party

by Emily Abramovici Photographed by Owen Hoffmann/PMC
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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Audrey Gruss Hosted An Event To Raise Awareness For Walk of Hope


Hope for Depression Research Founder and President Audrey Gruss hosted a kick-off cocktail party in Southampton on Saturday July 16. The party raised awareness for the inaugural Walk of Hope and Shop for Hope fundraising events that will take place on July 30 starting at 9 a.m. in Southampton.


The three-mile Walk of Hope to Defeat Depression will be led by Audrey Gruss to raise funds for depression research and awareness. At the kick-off party, Gruss proudly announced that over 200 people have committed to the walk with two weeks left to go. After the Walk, town retailers such as Theory and Jennifer Miller will open their doors for Shop for Hope. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. stores up and down Main Street and Jobs Lane will donate a percentage of sales to Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s advanced research.


The cocktail party was attended by many guests such as Southampton Mayor  Mark Epley, Scott Snyder, Lis and Richard Waterman, Kim Heirston Evans, Mai Hallingby-Harrison, and Whitney Fairchild.


The Hope for Depression Research Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization that is solely focused on depression research. Their mission is to accelerate advanced brain research and raise awareness of depression as a medical illness.


Audrey Gruss founded HDRF in April 2006 in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with clinical depression.


Photos by Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan




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