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CHEER UP: Last Wednesday, the Park Avenue set donned their best daytime jewelry and chicest blouses to attend the Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s inaugural seminar and luncheon. Organizers swathed the Plaza’s ballroom in shades of yellow and set the tables with sunflower centerpieces and custom print yellow M&Ms. Guests including founder Audrey Gruss, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, Coralie Charriol Paul, Fernanda Niven and Samantha Rosen listened to Dr. Steven Roose’s lecture on “An Illness of Mind and Body.” (Actually listened may be too strong of a word. Once Roose broke out the bar graphs, he lost everyone.) The room was upbeat, if not a little lavish, for such a somber topic. “I’m not going to pass judgment, hopefully they’re making money,” said Alexandra Kerry, whose late mother Julia Thorne was a big supporter of depression research. Across the table, Lauren Bush lunched with her mother, Sharon. But Kerry, whose father lost the 2004 presidential election to Lauren Bush’s uncle, wasn’t nervous about her seatmate. “We’ve met a few times before but I don’t know if she’d even remember.”
Later, Linda Hamilton retold her harrowing life story and then guests departed with a hefty goodie bag. It wasn’t full of Prozac, but an Eric Javits visor, an Yvel pearl necklace, gift certificates for a blow-out and organic produce and a set of Cartier stationery.