In RecognitionBy Devin Owens Posted: May 17, 2010
On May 22, Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R) will be one of the guests of honor during a special star-studded luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The reason for the fabulous fete? The Young Musician's Foundation is recognizing Bregman for years of dedication to philanthropy."I'm so honored to be honored," says a humble Bregman. When informed she was the recipient of YMF's Emerald Star Award for 2010, she confides, "I was like, 'Are you sure?' "
So what does the YMF do? According to the mission statement on their Web site (www.ymf.org), the foundation "contributes to the personal, academic and artistic development of youth from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. YMF is committed to the belief that music unifies a community."
Bregman first became involved with the YMF when she was 18. "Years and years ago, they used to do mother/daughter fashion shows every spring or summer and it was a really who's who at these events," she explains. "There was Joan Collins and her daughter as well as Candy Spelling and Tori, so I've known Tori since she was a little tot. It seemed like everybody was there. My mother [actress Suzanne Lloyd] and I participated, too, and it was so much fun."
From there, Bregman became more active with YMF, especially in promoting their youth programs across the country. The actress is thrilled that another Emerald Award will be bestowed on longtime YMF supporter and celebrity board member, Ann Rutherford, who is the last surviving member of the cast of Gone With the Wind and has appeared in over 80 films. Rutherford is also a noted philanthropist in the Los Angeles area. "This is truly an amazing thing for me to be a part of," smiles Bregman.