November 29, 2020
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Saks’ Marc Metrick, Audrey Gruss Host Charity Fragrance Launch

“We all made it despite the traffic à la Trump,” exclaimed Audrey Gruss.
The Midtown Manhattan gridlock caused by the President’s visit to the United Nations Tuesday was only a minor inconvenience as the philanthropist joined Saks Fifth Avenue president Marc Metrick in hosting a private luncheon at Café SFA within the department store’s New York flagship.
Guests including Jennifer Creel, Karen Lefrak, Jackie Weld Drake and Serena Boardman were on hand to celebrate the launch of Hope fragrance, which will be sold exclusively at the retailer with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Gruss’ Hope For Depression Research Foundation that funds mental health research.
“I’d be naked if it weren’t for Saks,” said Gruss with a laugh as waiters passed by with silver trays filled with Champagne flutes. Her idea for the luncheon came from a chance meeting with its president at the retailer’s Beverly Hills location. “I told him in 20 seconds or less [about my idea for this fund-raiser], we met in New York and it was a done deal.”
Metrick is working to keep up with the changing tide in retail by using events like Tuesday’s luncheon as an opportunity to connect with some of the store’s more

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