Virginia Berger has worked for 14 years with Lake City Bank and is currently in Commercial Banking as a Loan Administrator. She lived in Granger for 23 years while raising her daughter, Shelby. Within a two-year timespan in 2014-2015, Virginia lost her father and her husband. She sees her return move back to Elkhart “like coming home.”
She loves to invest her time volunteering to support children. She has been a board member of Patchwork Dance Company, JA in A Day education, is a member of the Elkhart Kiwanis Club where she assists with the club’s newsletter and is a board member. In addition, she has been a volunteer reader and a sous chef for 100 Men Can Cook, both benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart. Virginia has always wanted to make a difference for those need it most, children.
Since her return to Elkhart in 2017, Virginia wants to give back to the town which gave her so much growing up and finds dancing for the Samaritan Center the perfect vehicle to not only help raise much needed funds for such an amazing organization but shine a light and help those in our community who need this invaluable mental health organization.
Virginia would like to thank Laci, for reminding her which foot is right and left, and her dance partner Jeff for teaching her that HE leads the dance. To her fiancée Kevin Wirt for the dance shoes, the band aids, the encouragement before each practice and the foot stool AFTER practice. She would also like to thank her daughter, Shelby for telling her she would regret it if she didn’t do this and for encouraging her after the five million dance performances and rehearsals she did for her over 12 years.
In January, Virginia returns to college to finally finish her dream of getting her degree at Ivy Tech, noting, “Every day you have a choice: you can make it chicken poop or chicken salad – you choose. “Like Jon Bon Jovi sang, “Who says you can’t come home?”