Candace Bushnell Leads More than 400 Runners at Seventh Annual 5K Race of Hope to Defeat Depression in Southampton, NY

Event Raised Over $325,000 for Depression Research

The Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s (HDRF) Seventh Annual 5K Race of Hope brought together more than 400 men, women, and children on Sunday, August 7th in Southampton Village in support of mental health awareness and research.  Iconic author and creator of the Sex and the City series, Candace Bushnell, cheered the crowd on as Celebrity Grand Marshal during the festive event, which raised over $325,000 for research into new and improved treatments for depression and anxiety.

HDRF founder Audrey Gruss and Board member Arthur Dunnam served with Bushnell as Co-Grand Marshals of the 5K walk/run.

“This organization is so important to me because I too, have suffered from depression and I can tell you that it robs people of a portion of their lives,” said Bushnell. “I’ve also had friends who have had mental illnesses and the outcome hasn’t always been good for them. This is a very personal cause for me and I’m so excited about the work that Audrey Gruss is doing to find new treatments.”

Audrey Gruss said, “A million people struggle with depression and anxiety since the pandemic. That’s a third of Americans including men, women and children. You are out here today to help raise awareness and help support one of the most prevalent health issues of our time.”

“For sixteen years we’ve raised awareness and done the research, and we’re on the way to finding a new antidepressant,” added Gruss. “Did you know that 50% of the people who need medication, don’t respond to what’s out there?  Most of the available medications are over 35 years old, with Prozac being introduced in 1985. Now we’re working on a major new category of medication with clinical trials at Mount Sinai and Columbia, and your support today will help fund this critical research.”

At the close of the race, Audrey Gruss handed out awards in several categories including First Prize for best male time went to William Hague, and First Prize for the best female time went to Kira Garry.   The award for Top Fundraising Team went to Kim Heirston, which raised over $21,000.  The award for Top Individual Fundraiser went to Arthur Dunnam, who raised $45,400 from friends and family for his race.  The award for the largest team went to Natasha Jefferies and her team, Dakari’s Heartbeat, with 14 members.

Race participants included: Janna Bullock, Sharon Bush and Bob Murray, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Kim Heirston, Tania Higgins, Richard LeFrak, Anne Nordeman, John Paulson, James and Teresa Remez and their daughters Sofia and Lila, Mirella Cameran-Reilly, Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren and Lis Waterman.

5K Race of Hope Committee

Diamond Level:  Tom Quick and Michael Donnell

Platinum Level: Dominique Buaron, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Judy & Leonard Lauder, Nicola & Jeffrey Marcus, Paulson Family Foundation and Nancy Silverman.

Gold Level: Felice & Shelley Bergman, David C. Bohnett, James R. Borynack & Adolfo Zaralegui/Findlay Galleries, Geoffrey Bradfield, Ide & David Dangoor, Arthur Dunnam & Roy Cohen, Annie & Michael Falk, Bambi & Roger, Felberbaum, The Honorable David Fischer & Jennifer Fischer, Frances & Jeff Fisher, Mary Ann Fribourg, Kim Heirston, Tania Higgins, Kontes Family, Susan Lloyd, Sharon & John Loeb, Jr., Robert F. Mancuso, Mary P. Moran, Laura Nicklas, Anne & Jacques Nordeman, Jane & Richard Novick, Kathy Prounis, Barbara & Randall Smith, Scott Snyder, Mary Ann Tighe & David Hidalgo and Lynne Wheat.

Silver Level: Bruce Bierman & William Secord, Serena & Brad Bowman, Jill Blanchard, Rita & Charles Bronfman, Bulgin & Associates, Janna Bullock, Sharon Bush & Bob Murray, Pilar &, Stephen Robert, Lisa & Sanford Ehrenkranz, Marjorie & Alexander Federbush, Kelli & Jerry Ford, Barbara & Alan Glatt, Mrs. Darcy Gould, Susan Gutfreund, Candy Hamm, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Yaz & Valentin Hernández, Gail Hilson, Ashley & Harriet Hoffman, Elizabeth & Edgar Howard, Natasha Jeffries, Carol Mack, Muffy & Donald Miller, Lucia N. Musso, Pamela Pantzer, Bonnie Pfeiffer Evans, Robin Pickett, Hilary Geary Ross, Nancy Schaffel, Carolyn & Curtis Schenker, Frances G. Scaife, Ginny & David Sydorick, Lydia Touzet, Nicholas Varney, Susan H. Warner, Lis Waterman, Clelia & Tom Zacharias and Silvia Zoullas.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!