24 Things To Know About Palm Beacher Audrey Gruss


If charity were a coin, Audrey Gruss could front its face. Twenty years ago, the flaxen-haired Palm Beacher and her husband launched the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation to support the arts, education and charities that tugged at their heartstrings. When her mother was diagnosed with clinical depression, Gruss, the former director of advertising and creative services worldwide for Elizabeth Arden, vowed to turn others’ unhappiness into hope. In 2006, one year after her mother’s death, she launched the Hope for Depression Research Foundation to raise funds for accelerated medical research. Eleven years later, Hope Fragrances was born. Suffused with the floral scents her mother favored, like lily of the valley and jasmine, 100 percent of the line’s net sales are donated to the non-profit. Today, Gruss is still an active board member of many prestigious charities and cultural organizations in Palm Beach and New York, including the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Hospice Guild and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. But no matter how busy her schedule seems, Gruss still finds time for three of her favorite pastimes: gardening, seeing her seven step-grandchildren and playing with Ricky and Shelby, her feisty Welsh and Airedale terriers.


ACCESSORY ESSENTIAL A Loro Piana beige ostrich-skin handbag

WORTH THE SPLURGE A pair of Nicholas Varney black coral and diamond earrings


SPEED DIAL DISH Dover sole meunière at Chez Jean-Pierre


DRINK DUJOUR Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne

PRO BONO Decorating

Riviera,” a British TV series

WHAT’S PLAYING “Riviera,” a British TV series

WELL READ Kay Redfield Jamison’s “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness”

GOOD VIBRATIONS Shawn Mendes and anything by Mozart

massage at The Spa at The Breakers

STRESS RELIEVER A massage at The Spa at The Breakers

PERFECT SATURDAY NIGHT A Netflix movie and dinner at home

PALM BEACH PICK The Society of the Four Arts and its wonderful programs

WEEKEND PASS Playing golf with my husband at Emerald Dunes Golf Club then enjoying lunch in the Clubhouse

Hope Fragrance purse spray

NECESSARY THINGS Hope Fragrance purse spray and a miniature measuring tape with inches and centimeters

NATURAL TALENT Ballroom dancing

PERSONAL PASSION Great art and design in any medium

Playing golf in New Zealand

WISH LIST Playing golf in New Zealand

GREAT ESCAPE Our home in London for a complete change in atmosphere

TRY ONCE A philanthropic venture. Whether it’s a school bake sale or volunteering for a non-profit organization, it feels so good to give back

WORTH REPEATING “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

TREASURED KEEPSAKE My Harry Winston diamond engagement ring

CARRY-ON CACHE Newspapers, glasses, a sweater and a makeup kit

BUCKET LIST A trip around the world NEXT GOAL To find a cure for depression SOMETHING SECRET I’m a good cook

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