Hope for Depression Research Foundation Thanks Doctors and Donors at Dinner
Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) held its Inaugural Chairman’s Council Dinner to honor its top donors on Saturday, March 21 at the home of Palm Beach residents Martin and Audrey Gruss, who is HDRF Founder and Chair.
The dinner for 50 guests was held in the atrium of the ocean-to-lake Italianate villa. A special feature of the event was that a leading neuroscientist or psychiatrist was seated at every table and fielded guests’ questions about depression and its related mind-brain issues. An ongoing major benefit of Chairman’s Council membership is that each member is given insider access to the acclaimed doctors and researchers affiliated with HDRF. Chairman’s Council members are also invited to visit laboratories to see research in action.
Audrey Gruss thanked Chairman’s Council Co-Chairs Scott Snyder and William Flaherty for creating such a special evening. Starting at 7 PM, guests enjoyed cocktails in the living room, filled with Italian old master art, and on an ocean-side terrace. For dinner, guests moved into the adjoining atrium transformed by ceiling-high silver-grey gossamer curtains. The organization’s signature colors of grey and yellow seemed to float within the space, with tables covered in grey silk and towering yellow bouquets of roses and calla lilies. The menu featured crab cake with heirloom tomatoes, followed by pistachio-encrusted Colorado rack of lamb, and finished with a dessert of a chocolate tart with coffee ice cream and mixed berries.
The program consisted of a five-minute video overview of the breakthrough research of the Depression Task Force (DTF) that HDRF created in 2010. The DTF is a unique collaboration of seven world-renowned brain scientists who share ongoing research at the HDRF Data Center. Dr. Eric Nestler, a world figure in molecular psychiatry and a member of the DTF, spoke briefly about new research developments. HDRF is the most advanced non-profit organization focused solely on depression research in the country today.
On a perfect Palm Beach evening, the group then moved for coffee outside to the west terrace overlooking the intra-coastal waterway and three levels of exquisite peach, yellow and white flowering gardens. Each departing guest received a box of HDRF custom M&Ms in bright yellow.
Members of the Chairman’s Council who attended were: Geoffrey Bradfield, James Borynack, Denis and Annabelle Coleman, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Gillian Fuller, Josh Gruss, Mariana and George Kaufman,Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Susan and Timothy Malloy, Sam Michaels, Lynne Wheat and Thomas Peterffy, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Jana and John Scarpa, Edwina Sandys and Richard Kaplan, and Lis Waterman.
ABOUT HOPE FOR DEPRESSION RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Audrey Gruss created the organization in 2006 in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with clinical depression. The mission of HDRF is to fund cutting-edge, neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide. In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force (DTF) – an outstanding collaboration of seven leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. These scientists have developed an unprecedented research strategy that integrates the most advanced knowledge in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real time, at the new HDRF Data Center. For more information, visit: www.hopefordepression.org