The Friends of Robinson Gardens honors two recipients with the 2017 Spirit of Beverly Hills and Camellia Awards at this year’s Patron Gala
The Friends of Robinson Gardens is very proud to be honoring two award recipients at this year’s The Loveliest Night of the Year Patron Gala being held on September 9, 2017. Lisa Greer will receive the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award for her exceptional philanthropic and charitable contributions, while Ellisa Lanza Bregman will receive the biannual Camellia Award for her much appreciated, deep and long-time commitment to the Virginia Robinson Gardens.
About the Honorees:
Lisa Greer, recipient of The Spirit of Beverly Hills Award
Lisa Greer is a philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur. She is the founder of CaregiversDirect, an online marketplace that is enabling the next generation of home healthcare, and an active real estate investor.
Lisa is Commissioner and former Chair of the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission, a board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, an international board member of the New Israel Fund, a member of Beverly Hills Rotary, and a Trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. She is also an active member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors, former President of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and a previous Board member of the L.A. District Attorney’s Crime Prevention Foundation, Make-a-Wish of Greater Los Angeles, and others.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Greer led a management consulting and strategic advisory firm specializing in digital media and entertainment businesses. Prior to that, as a studio executive, Lisa oversaw the development of the online and other business divisions at NBC, Universal Studios, and Spencer Gifts, while also launching pioneering ventures into music webcasting.
A native of Los Angeles, Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. The mother of five children, Lisa and her husband, Joshua, are proud and involved residents of Beverly Hills. Their iconic home was recognized by the “Will Rogers Awards”, and they continue to lend their home for myriad social justice, educational and community events and salons.
As an outstanding and impressive philanthropic leader in the community, Lisa has made a deep impact and is an inspiration to all!
Ellisa Lanza Bregman, recipient of the Camellia Award
Ellisa is a Beverly Hills native, born to Mario and Betty Lanza at Cedars Sinai Hospital, second of four children. She has lived most of her life in Los Angeles, but is equally comfortable anywhere in the world. Her earliest years were spent in Beverly Hills, but in 1957 the entire Lanza family moved to Rome for her father’s career. Sadly, her father died after two and a half years in Rome, and the rest of the family returned to the Los Angeles area, living in Pacific Palisades with Ellisa’s grandparents. She graduated from Palisades High School, and took to acting. Along that path, she met Bob Bregman…and they fell in love and got married. With two children, Tony and Nick, an international business that they have built together, and much travel, they have shared a happy life. Now, their son Nick and his wife Rachel have blessed them with Weston, their adorable grandson.
Both Ellisa and Bob are well aware that their hard work and good fortune have enabled them to contribute to their community. Ellisa knew she had found a place to love and support when she was introduced to Robinson Gardens by our founder Joan Selwyn. She has worn many hats at VRG including past President, Chair of many events including Gala and the Children’s Christmas Party, restoration, publicity, jobs for Garden Tour and Gala, and other functions. She has been on the Board since she joined many years ago around 1994. Quietly, she has financially supported the Gardens as well. If there is a need, Ellisa has come to the fore many times — the perfect person for our Camellia Award.
Ellisa has taken on the responsibility of supporting and interacting with the various groups of her father’s fans. She is the last of his four children, and spends a lot of time traveling to events and speaking to groups in this endeavor. There seem to be as many fans of his today as there were when he was actively singing and making movies. There are Mario Lanza Societies all over the world, and recently, she has visited the British Mario Lanza Society and the one in Ireland. You can catch Ellisa on PBS when they have fundraisers using her father’s albums.
Ellisa and Bob also make a point of supporting other charities and organizations in the community, such as the Center Theatre Group, the Amie Karen Cancer Fund for Children, ML Education Foundation among others.
Ellisa is such a great choice for this year’s Camellia Award!
Article on Ellisa Bregman by Leslie Tillman
Friends of Robinson Gardens Member