Audrey Butvay Gruss is Founder and Chairman of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), which she established in 2006 in memory of her late mother Hope, who battled clinical depression for decades.
Audrey Gruss is also President of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, which she and her husband established twenty years ago as a private philanthropic foundation to support a wide range of charitable activities, especially focusing on the cultural arts, education and medical research.
She was the former co-owner and President of Terme di Saturnia, Inc., an international scientifically–focused skincare firm. She established the marketing tie-in between the Terme di Saturnia Spa in Italy with the Doral Hotels, to create the Doral Saturnia Spa Resort in Miami. She previously served as a marketing and advertising executive at J.P. Stevens, Revlon and as Director of Advertising and Creative Services Worldwide for Elizabeth Arden.
Mrs. Gruss graduated with honors from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. A Fellow of Tufts University, she established the Audrey Butvay Gruss Science Award for women.
Mrs. Gruss is an active board member and patron of numerous charitable and cultural organizations in New York and Palm Beach, Florida. In New York, she is a Board member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. She is on the Chairman’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mrs. Gruss is a major Benefactor of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund and is on the Advisory Council of Literacy Partners. She is a patron of The New York Botanical Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, The Frick Museum and is on the International Advisory Council of the Guggenheim Museum. She is a former board member of The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival and the President’s Council of the New York Public Library.
In Palm Beach, Mrs.Gruss served on the Executive Committee of The Intracoastal Health Foundation Board and, as Co-Chair, raised $34 million in one year for St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Hospitals, for which she received the 1998 Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Charitable Achievement Award. She is a Board member of The Hospice Guild and The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. She has been a three- time Gala Chair of the opening night of the Palm Beach International Fine Art and Antique Fair, benefitting the Community Foundation. She has also been a three-time Chair of The Preservation Foundation’s annual fund-raising dinner. She was Chairman of the 2000 Bicentennial Gala of the Norton Museum and Chairman of ORBIS International’s annual Gala, and Co-Chairman of annual fund-raising benefits for Saint Mary’s/Good Samaritan Hospitals, the Hospice Guild and the Community Foundation. Mrs. Gruss is a Founder of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Benefactor‘s Council of the Society of the Four Arts.
Internationally, Mrs. Gruss is on the Advisory Board of FAI: Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano, the premier architectural preservation group in Italy and is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. She is a Board member of the American Friends of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Mrs. Gruss is a former Benefactor of the American Academy in Rome and former International Benefactor Co-Chairman of the American Friends of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Audrey Gruss is a native Lithuanian who has supported numerous charitable efforts in the Baltics, ranging from cultural to social services to democratic educational training.more » « less