Hope for Depression Research Foundation Raises a Record $500,000 in Palm Beach Race of Hope

Event Draws More than 400 participants including Local Businesses to Raise Mental Health Awareness

Saturday, February 26, 2022

(Palm Beach, FL – February 28, 2022) – The Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s (HDRF) Fourth Annual 5K Race of Hope to Defeat Depression gathered some 400 men, women, and children on Saturday morning in Palm Beach to support mental health awareness and urgent research into depression and anxiety.

The festive event raised a record $525,000 for HDRF’s advanced biomedical research into new treatments for clinical depression, a major global health crisis, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

HDRF Founding Chair Audrey Gruss and Board member Scott Snyder, both Palm Beach residents, served as the Co-Grand Marshals of the 5K walk/run, which started at 8 AM at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach.

“I founded HDRF to lead research in the causes of depression and in their treatment,” said Gruss to the crowd, just before the 8AM starting gun. “Depression is the Number One cause of disability worldwide, and rates of depression have tripled in the U.S. due to the pandemic. We are moved by the groundswell of support from the Palm Beach community, which have gone above and beyond to exceed fundraising targets for this event.”

Gruss added: “One hundred percent of all donations go directly to life-saving research at HDRF, the most advanced depression research organization in the country today. We have several new treatments in clinical trials and we won’t quit until there’s a cure.”

At the starting gun, participants set off in staggered heats to complete the 3.1-mile course starting at The Royal Poinciana Plaza and continuing along the beautiful North Lake Trail and through the streets of Palm Beach.

The staggered heats were a safety measure to avoid crowding, ensuring a careful return to in person racing as the world emerges from the pandemic. Each runner was assigned a “start wave” according to their speed. Lining up in the start corrals were: professional runners, casual walkers, families with babies and dogs, and teams from local businesses such as Jefferson Capital, Livingston Builders, Aktion Art, Le Bilboquet, Smith and Elkin, Fit2Run and Tennenbaum and Sullivan..

All participants wore hats, shirts and light jackets in HDRF’s signature yellow, creating a sea of sunshine yellow against a sparkling blue sky and palm trees. The Race of Hope is a USA Track and Field-sanctioned event.

At the close of the Race, Audrey Gruss and Scott Snyder presented Awards to the top finishers and to the top fundraisers. The top Overall Male winner was, Stephen Wilsman, and the top Overall Female winner was Lilia Drew. The Award for Top Fundraising Team from the PB Race of Hope Committee went to Kameron Ramirez and his team Aktion Art (30 members) which raised $9,282. The Award for Top Individual Fundraiser from the PB Race of Hope Committee went to Charlotte Bocly who raised $2,972 from friends and family for her race. The Award for Top Individual Fundraiser from the general public went to Mona Nasser who raised $4.761. The award for largest team went to Fit 2 Run, which had 49 members.

The Race Director than took the floor to hand out the awards for the other finishers. Second Place for best male time went to Eric Capostagno and Second Place for the best female time went to Shannon Fox. Third Place for best male time went to Austin Lane, and Third Place for the best female time went to Lila Remez. The top three Overall Masters awards for the male division went to Eric Capostagno for First Place, William Rivera for Second Place and David Stone for Third Place. The top three Overall Masters awards for the female division went to Shannon Fox for First Place, Mary Galbicka for Second Place and Judy Farrera for Third Place. The Age Division winners included Joey Mauceri and Carly Gans for 13-15, Ethan Bryles and Ashley Stocker for 16-19, Marco Camero and Sofia Remez for 20-24, Tyler Sheinberg and Jennifer Crosthwaite for 25-29, William Cooper and Lucy Morelos-Green for 30-34, Nic Roldan and Nadine Wooley for 35-39, Aaron Mandel and Elizabeth Hewan for 40-44, Chris Joyce and Daphne Weaver for 45-50, Sean Kaminsky and Hilary Greever for 50-54, Doug Braf and Joan Crosthwaite for 60-64, Carroll Hassell for 65-69, Allen Kohn and Ellen Kohn for 70-74, and Ed Brown and Phyllis Frydman for 75 plus.


All race participants received an ultra-lightweight vest, hat, race shirt, mask, and finisher medal. The first, second, and third place winners received cash prizes of up to $500. An anonymous donor covered all costs of the Race so that 100% of all donations go directly to advanced depression research.

Committee Race participants included: Charles and Kaaren Hale, Tricia Quick, James & Teresa Remez, Tom Quick, John Hendrickson, Pamela Cohen, Joseph Hernandez, Joel Pashcow, Kara Ross, Eddy Taylor, Sharon Bush & Robert C. Murray, Luce Churchill, Joanna Roland, Frances & Jeffrey Fisher, Nancy Yanofsky and Ed Brown.

Junior Committee participating were: PJ Quick, Charlotte Bocly, Andrew Filauro, Hollis Bradley Pica, Caleb Smith, Bettina Anderson, Carolina Buia Barefoot, Maggi Haigh, Katherine Lande & Kevin Condon, Stacey Leuliette, Nick Mele, Matthew Oleszczuk, Kameron Ramirez, Nic Roldan, Whitney Lovell Schott, Kirsten Smith, Jane Stevens, Alanna Sutherland, Tom Treacy, Dobi Trendafilova.


Palm Beach Race of Hope Committee


James R. Borynack & Adolfo Zaralegui/Findlay Galleries
Dominique Buaron
Jamee & Peter Gregory
Missy & Eduardo de Guardiola
Charles & Kaaren Hale
John Hendrickson
Tricia Quick
Thomas C. Quick & Michael Donnell
James & Teresa Remez/Livingston Builders


Catherine Adler
Annabelle & Denis Coleman, Jr.
Deborah & Philippe Dauman
The Honorable David Fischer & Jennifer Fischer
Lisa Kenna
Nicola Marcus
Heidi & Tom McWilliams
Renee & Carlos Morrison
PJ Quick Pollack


Becky & F. William Bryan
Pamela Cohen & Nick Korniloff
James H. Coleman
Julie & Mike Connors
Maria & Kenneth Fishel
William E. Flaherty
Cindy & Chris Galvin
Felicia & Peter Gottsegen
Joseph Hernandez
Tania & Brian Higgins
Darlene & Jerry Jordan
Sheila & Robert Josephberg
Melanie & Roger Lawson
Petra Levin
Robert F. Mancuso
Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Anita & Sam Michaels
Muffy & Donald Miller
Joel Pashcow
Jeffrey Pfeifle
Amy & John Phelan
Marzia Precoda
Kara Ross
Eddy & John J. Taylor lll


Agneta Angel
Paola Bacchini Rosenshein
Bruce Bierman & William Secord
CeCe Black
Kimmy & Steve Brauer
Sharon Bush & Robert C. Murray
Luce Churchill
Anne Fisher
Frances Fisher
Linda Gary & Michael Belisle
Heidi Hanna
Nicki & Ira Harris
Inez Fogel Heery, Manager, Greenleaf & Crosby
Yaz & Valentin Hernandez
Eve & Herb Jacobi
Ann Follis Jeffery
Jayne T. Keith
Eleanora Kennedy
Carol & Earle Mack
Annabelle & Alberto Mariaca
William A. Meyer
John & Carole Moran
Diana Morrison
Lucia N. Musso
Linda Olsson
Sallie B. Phillips
Joanna Roland
Frances G. Scaife
Barbara & Randall Smith
Ginny & David Sydorick
Betsy & Wally Turner
Nicholas Varney
Lis Waterman
Ellen & James Wilner
Nancy Yanofsky & Ed Brown
Clelia & Tom Zacharias
David Zislin

Palm Beach Race of Hope Inaugural Junior Committee

Chairman: PJ Quick Pollack

Co-Chairs: Charlotte Bocly, Stephanie & Andrew Filauro, Hollis Bradley Pica, Caleb M. Smith and Sarah Wetenhall

Bettina Anderson, Wendy Benichou, Carolina Buia Barefoot, Samantha Curry, Brianne Goutal, Clementine Goutal, Oliver R. Grace lll, Nolan & Michael Greenwald , Lourdes de Guardiola & Michael Morrissey, Maggi Haigh, Emma Holzer, Katherine Lande & Kevin Condon, Stacey Leuliette, Nick Mele, Lauren Merck, Isabella Meyer, Dr. Richard Miron, Matthew Oleszczuk, Abigail Owen-Pontez, Alexis Posada TeStrake, Kameron Ramirez, Michael Gregson Reinert, Robert Riva, Nic Roldan, Mathieu Rosinsky, Joshua Sagman, Whitney Lovell Schott, Kirsten Smith, Jane Stevens, Alanna Sutherland, Casey Taylor, Pamela Tombari, Tom Treacy, Dobi Trendafilova, Alvin Valley and Grace Wills

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Le Rosey Summer Camps, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach Illustrated, Sant Ambroeus, Starbucks, Sunreef Yachts and Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care

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Andrew Filauro and kids

Caleb Smith, Charlotte Bocly

Charles Hale, Kaaren Hale

Dobi Trendafilova, JB Parvaix

Frances and Jeff Fisher

Hollis Pica and Charlotte Bocly

Hollis Pica and Family

Jamee Gregory, Peter Gregory

Joel Pashcow, Lauren Pashcow, Louisa Benton

John Hendrickson

Kameron Ramirez, Amanda Cummings, Nick Hissom

Kameron Ramirez, Nick Hissom

Katherine Lande, Kevin Condon

Kelly Behrbaum, Jane Stevens

Larry Davis, Donna Emma, Eddy Taylor, Partick Campion, Richard Ziegelasch

Lila Remez, Doug Braff

Louisa Benton, Scott Snyder and Audrey Gruss

Louisa Benton,Tricia Quick, Scott Snyder

Luce Churchill, Lis Waterman

Mashi Azmudeh and dog

Mona Nasser, Carolina Buia

Nancy Yanofski, Ed Brown

Nic Roldan, Matt Oleszczuk, Will Mueller

Pamela Cohen

Race of Hope

Scott and Audrey blow the start horns

Scott Snyder and Audrey Gruss

Scott Snyder, PJ Quick Pollack

Sharon Bush, Bob Murray

Starting Line

Team Aktion Art Kameron Ramirez, Tara Taghizadeh, Charlotte Garrison, Mister E, Devon McCready, Nick Hissom, Alexandra Sweeney Vesty

Team Bilboquet

Team Livingston Builders

Tom Treacy, Joe Hernandez

Tricia Quick, Tom Quick, Eddy Taylor, PJ Quick Pollack

Stephen Wilsman (Overall winner) with Scott Snyder & Audrey Gruss

Scott Snyder & Audrey Gruss with Lilia Drew, (Overall female winner)

Ed Brown received best time for his age group (75+)

Sofia Remez of Livingston Builders received 1st place in her age category 20-24