Record-Breaking Anniversary Event!

900 Participants Raise Over $550,000 at Fifth Anniversary 

Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of our signature winter event — the Race of Hope 5K to Defeat Depression — on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

The event gathered more than 900 men, women, and children on Saturday morning in Palm Beach and raised over $550,000 for urgent research into depression and anxiety.

“Today we see the event nearly double in size and break all previous fundraising records!” said HDRF Chair Audrey Gruss. “I am simply bowled over by the groundswell of support for this event and for the cause of mental health research. Thank you, Palm Beach!!”

She added: “100% of all Race revenues go directly to research to advance the understanding and treatment of depression.”

At the starting gun, participants set off to complete the 3.1-mile course starting at Bradley Park and along the Palm Beach Trail, with beautiful water views.

Lining up in the start corrals were practiced runners, walkers, families with babies and dogs, and teams from local businesses. Hope was in abundant supply as all race participants wore HDRF’s signature yellow hats, shirts and pullovers, creating a vibrant sea of sunshine.

The first, second, and third place runners 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 life-saving depression research. The Race of Hope is a USA Track and Field-sanctioned event.

Following the race, Audrey Gruss and Scott Snyder presented awards to the top finishers and top fundraisers.

For the second year in a row, both Michelle Jones and Stephen Wilsman were the Top Overall Female and Male Winners, respectively.

The Top Fundraising Team Award went to Le Bilboquet.

The Top Individual Fundraiser Award went to Mona Nasser.

The Largest Team Award went to Livingston Builders Inc. and their team captains James and Tersea Remez.

You can see the Race of Hope in the news and view wonderful photos of the day by following the links below:

Palm Beach Daily News

Palm Beach Daily New Photo Gallery

Caryn Leigh Photography

Capehart Photography

You can view all of the finisher times by clicking here.

Thank you again to ALL our event donors, participants, and volunteers. Your commitment to HDRF’s critical research mission is making a world of difference.