The Race of Hope Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary in Palm Beach This February

The Race of Hope Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary in Palm Beach This February
February 17, 2024 (Photo Courtesy: Capehart Photography)

By: Thom Mueller 

 The Race of Hope Returns to Bradley Park 

On Saturday, February 17, 2024, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) will celebrate the Sixth Anniversary of its signature Race of Hope 5K Walk & Run at Bradley Park. Presenting sponsor of the 2024 Race is Findlay Galleries. Since taking Palm Beach by storm in 2019, the Race has continued to grow each year, attracting hundreds of runners and walkers throughout South Florida to raise critical funds for mental health research. 

Gruss and HDRF Board member Scott Snyder, both Palm Beach residents, will serve as Co-Grand Marshals for the Race. They will lead participants on a 5K (3.1 mile) route starting at Bradley Park and looping along the Palm Beach Lake Trail, with beautiful water views. The Race is a high-spirited, family-friendly event that is open to all ages and speeds, with dogs and strollers welcomed. 

Participants will meet at Bradley Park in Palm Beach. Early pick-up for race gear is on February 16, 2024 from 12:00 PM until 5:30PM at the Mandel Recreation Center “North Colonnade”, 340 Seaview Avenue, Palm Beach, FL. Check-in for the race will begin at 6:30AM and go until 7:45AM. The Race of Hope begins at 8:00 AM and breakfast treats will be served at 9:15AM before the award ceremony takes place.  

Registration cost is $50 up to 02/16/24 or $55 on Race Day (02/17/24).

The Palm Beach Race of Hope drew nearly 900 participants in 2023, breaking all previous records and raising $550,000 for HDRF’s advanced research. The Race was first launched in Southampton in August 2016 and expanded to Palm Beach in February 2019. Since its launch, the Race of Hope series has raised over $1.5 million for depression research. 

On May 19, 2024, HDRF will also host its second annual Teen Race of Hope for city high schools in New York. 100% of the funds raised from these races will go directly to advanced depression research. 

For more information or to register for the race, visit:

Palm Beach Race of Hope Committee

Race of Hope Co-Grand Marshals: Audrey Gruss and Scott Snyder  

Diamond Level Sponsors: Kelly and Carlo Barel di Sant Albano, Holly Bartlett, Perri & Robert Bishop, James Borynack & Adolfo Zaralegui, Marvin H. Davidson Foundation Inc., Laura & Brent Nicklas, Teresa & James Remez, Diana Wister 

Platinum Level Sponsors: Annabelle and Denis Coleman, The Philippe and Deborah Dauman Foundation, Kim S. Fennebresque, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Charles & Kaaren Hale, John Hendrickson, Simone Levinson, Caroline & Omeed Malik, Nicola & Jeffrey Marcus, Alina De Almeida & John Paulson, Thomas C. Quick & Michael Donnell, Pat Ryan, Barbera Hale Thornhill, Lynne Wheat, Yafa Signed Jewelers

Gold Level Sponsors: Pamela Cohen & Nick Korniloff, Julie & Mike Connors, Gita & Mark Costa, Jacqueline W. Drake, The Honorable David Fischer & Jennifer Fischer, Cindy & Chris Galvin, Yaz & Valentín Hernández, Tania & Brian Higgins, Ann F. Jeffery, Y Michele Kang, Melanie & Roger Lawson, Petra Levin, Ambassador & Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr., Stephanie Loeffler, Robert F. Mancuso, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter & Gil Kemp, Heidi & Tom McWilliams, John & Carole Moran, Travis Howe & Mario Nievera, Pam & Ed Pantzer, Jeffrey Pfeifle & David Granville, Sallie B Phillips Foundation, Marzia Precoda, Tricia Quick, Ginny & David Sydorick, Nancy Yanofsky & Ed Brown

Silver Level Sponsors: Dominique Buaron, Bruce Bierman & William Secord, Cece Black, Geoffrey N. Bradfield, Frances Fisher, Susie & Vere Gaynor, Hilary Geary Ross, Ann Grimm, Joseph Hernandez, Jayne T. Keith, Eleanora Kennedy, Kamie Lightburn, The Honorable & Mrs. Earle Mack, Suzanne Merrill, Muffy & Donald Miller, Sharon Bush & Robert C. Murray, Lucia N. Musso, Deborah L. OKain, Joanna Roland, Frances G. Scaife, Mary E. Snow, Betsy & Wally Turner, Nicholas Varney, Lis Waterman, Clelia & Tom Zacharias, David Zislin

Palm Beach Race of Hope Junior Committee

Chairman: PJ Quick Pollack

Co-Chairs: Callie Baker Holt, Katherine Lande & Kevin Condon, Mona Nasser, Hollis Bradley Pica, Kameron Ramirez, Casey Taylor, Sarah & Andrew Wetenhall

Committee: Bettina Anderson, Zoë Bullock Cacioppo, Nathan Coe, David-William Coffin, Sarah Cooke, Amanda & Tony Cummings, Samantha Curry, Clementine Goutal, Jennifer Gowdy, Maggi Haigh, Stacey Leuliette, Bryan Ludwig, Elizabeth H. Marshman, Devon McCready, Nick Mele, Turner & Mike Mistretta, Matt Oleszczuk, Jack Rooney, Whitney Lovell Schott, Kirsten Smith, Ivy Sophir, Jane Stevens, Alanna Sutherland, Eric Viner, Grace & Tally Walker

Sponsors: Findlay Galleries, Balmain, Livingston Builders, Robert and Perri Bishop Foundation, Gucci, Saks, Loro Piana, JP Morgan Private Bank, Yafa Signed Jewelers, Press Ganey, Coastal Gardens, Hamilton Jewelers, Marissa Collections, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Marble of the World, Smith & Elkin, CPA’s, P.A., Environment Design Group, Gunster, Kirna Zabete, Acanthus International, Le Bilboquet, FIVESTORY, Hamptons, Veronica Beard, Palm Beach Atlantic University, PALMER, Palm Beach Illustrated, Tammy Fender

About Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF)

Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) was established in 2006 by philanthropist Audrey Gruss in honor of her mother Hope, who battled clinical depression. Dedicated to advancing cutting-edge brain research, HDRF’s mission encompasses the exploration of depression’s origins, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, including related mood disorders like bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, and suicide. With depression identified by the World Health Organization as a leading global cause of disability, and with conventional medications proving ineffective for half of patients, HDRF endeavors to revolutionize mental health care in America. Having allocated over $75 million in funding through more than 200 grants, the Foundation is committed to catalyzing breakthrough research that redefines how depression is understood and addressed. Presently, HDRF supports promising clinical trials for a novel medication at institutions such as Mount Sinai Medical Center and Stanford University, while also investing in innovative therapeutic and diagnostic endeavors at renowned institutions like Johns Hopkins, the University of San Diego, and the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Published by: Martin De Juan


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