Know anyone who Suffers from Depression?
Then Help us Virtually Race for a Cure!

Virtual Race of hope

Researchers estimate that more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults now report experiencing symptoms of depression

Register Now For HDRF Winter 2021 Virtual Race of Hope
To Help Defeat Depression!

COVID didn’t stop Audrey Gruss, founder of Hope for Depression Research Foundation, and Board member Scott Snyder from coming up with a bold, new and fun concept to bring people together to raise awareness and save lives.  The HDRF Winter 2021 Virtual Race of Hope allows people committed to finding a cure for depression to join forces, regardless of where they are, while safely sharing the excitement of the starting line.  Participants from around the country can pick the date and time; choose their own starting line and route; and take part in the live broadcast on Saturday, February 27th at 8 am EST.

This is how it works:

  • Upon registering, participants will receive Hope for Depression’s signature sunshine yellow gear package including vest, mask, bib and finisher medal in the mail.
  • Participants are invited to run or walk the race at any time from wherever they are in the country and send in selfie photos or videos to be played during the live broadcast on Saturday, February 27, 2021 or they may join the designated start time of 8:30 am EDT on February 27 at any location.

First Virtual Race of Hope in Southampton Last Summer

The first Virtual Race of Hope to Defeat Depression took place in Southampton last August, bringing together 800 participants from across the country in real time.   Race Ambassador Eric Dane from “Grey’s Anatomy” did his race in Los Angeles. The event raised $200,000.

“We were amazed by the response not only from our loyal Southampton community, but from runners and walkers across the nation,” said Audrey Gruss, who was a Co-Grand Marshal of the Race along with HDRF Advisory Board members and Hamptons residents Arthur Dunnam and Jamee Gregory. “When we decided to take the race virtual, we vowed not to lose the shared experience and sense of community that is so healthy and that we all crave.

First Virtual Race of Hope video below

The cost to register for the Race of Hope is $35.  100% of the funds raised will go directly to research that will transform the way depression is viewed, diagnosed, treated and prevented.


Depression Rates Have Tripled in the Pandemic

“Depression is a major public health issue that was critical before COVID-19 and imperative now,” said Audrey Gruss. “Mental health needs to be a top priority for our nation now, and we are so thankful to all our Palm Beach Committee Members who are answering the call.”

One third of all Americans are struggling with depression or anxiety in the wake of the pandemic, according to the latest Census Bureau survey.

An estimated 34.4% of adults in the survey reported symptoms of either anxiety or depression, with 30% reporting signs of anxiety and 24.1% reporting symptoms of depression. It’s common for people experiencing anxiety to also face depression.

These studies show a three-fold jump in depression compared to pre-pandemic rates, where one in 14 adults (18% of total US population) reported depression symptoms annually.

Suicide risk is also on the rise.   10.7% of those surveyed in a recent CDC study considered suicide in the previous 30 days; this number jumped to 25% for ages 18-24.

 Hope For Depression Research Foundation
Winter 2021 Virtual Race of Hope
Committee Members

Platinum Level

James R. Borynack & Adolfo Zaralegui ~ Deborah & Philippe Dauman ~ Scott Snyder

Gold Level

Becky and F. William Bryan ~ Melanie & Roger Lawson ~ Anita & Sam Michaels ~ Mrs. Pauline B. Pitt
Amy & John Phelan ~ Donna Ward

Silver Level

Frances Fisher ~ Inez Fogel Heery ~ J. Ira & Nicki Harris ~ Jayne T. Keith ~ Laura Lofaro & James Freeman ~ William A. Meyer  Mr. and Mrs. John  & Carole Moran ~ Lucia Nielsen Musso ~ Ellen & James Wilner ~ Lynne Wheat
Nancy Yanofsky & Ed Brown ~ Clelia & Tom Zacharias


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