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22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball

Audrey Gruss & Martin Gruss.  Photo by: Gedeon Lewin

Audrey & Martin Gruss.  Photo by: Gedeon Lewin


American Heart Association To Honor

Audrey & Martin Gruss

Long Island, NY – The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Audrey & Martin Gruss of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation are the key sponsor of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital in Southampton, NY and will honored at the American Heart Association’s 22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball.  In their role as honoree, they will assist in raising support and creating awareness about heart disease and stroke as it pertains to the Long Island community. The 22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY.

Audrey Gruss is President of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, which she established 30-years ago with her husband Martin to support charitable activities in the cultural arts, education and medical research.

Audrey’s philanthropic efforts have both a U.S and international dimension. In NYC, she is a Board member of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, The FIT Couture Council and The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center.  She is a Director Emeriti of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a former Board member of The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival. She is on the Chairman’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Patron of The Guggenheim Museum. Mrs. Gruss is a major Benefactor of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund and a Patron of The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, The New York Botanical Garden and The NY Horticultural Society.

Martin D. Gruss is Senior Manager of Gruss & Co., Inc., a private family investment firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Mr. Gruss is Chairman of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation and the Gruss Life Monument Foundation.  He is Trustee Emeritus of the Lawrenceville School, and former member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a past Trustee of the St. Bernard’s School, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, Lenox Hill Hospital and the Endowment for Inner-City Education.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mack Cali Corporations.  Mr. Gruss serves on the Architectural Review Board of the Town of Palm Beach.

Mr. Gruss has two children, Mr. Joshua Gruss and Mrs. Amanda Gruss Chambers, and six grandchildren. 

The Ball will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Tickets are $600.  For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please contact Barbara Poliwoda at (631) 734-2804 or visit



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