HDRF’s Audrey Gruss hosted a garden party to celebrate the launch

Hope Fragrance Body Mist Debuts

Sharon Bush, Audrey Gruss, and Hilary Geary Ross. Independent Eugene Gologursky/PMC

Philanthropist Audrey Gruss hosted 50 of her closest friends for a lady’s White Tea Garden Party at Fairwind, her Southampton home, on Saturday, August 18.

Gruss is the founder of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, which she started over a decade ago in memory of her mother, Hope, who struggled with depression. Last year, Gruss created the Hope Fragrance Collection. One hundred percent of net profits from the collection go directly to fund breakthrough depression research. The foundation also hosts the annual Walk Of Hope in Southampton each summer.

Guests, donned all in white — including Judith Giuliani, Sharon Bush, Hilary Geary Ross, and Anne Eisenhower— enjoyed classic tea sandwiches, and learned that Gruss would be launching Body Mist Light, the newest product from the Hope Fragrance Collection, and were given samples to review. The product is set to launch this fall.

Gardenia, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and tuberose are the four flowers that make up Hope Fragrance’s crisp garden notes. Guests including Debbie Bancroft, Katherine Embiricos LeFrak, Mai Harrison, Kim Heirston, Carol Mack, Nancy Schaeffel, and Edwina von Gal enjoyed coconut cupcakes, petit fours, and white teas while learning about the cause and the fragrance line.

“Even though this may not be the most pleasant thing to talk about, it is our reality. We all know someone who has struggled with depression,” said Gruss at the event.

According to HDRF, depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide. Twenty million people are diagnosed with depression in the U.S. each year. It is still misunderstood and under-researched.

The fragrance collection currently includes an eau de parfum, an eau de parfum purse spray, a hand and body creme, and a scented candle. Price points range from $40 to $115 and are available to purchase at www.hopefragranceint.com. To find out more about HDRF, visit www.hopefordepression.org.