First Lady Anne Bergenske
Although First Lady Anne Bergenske was born in Chicago, Illinois, she considers herself a Southerner. While not quite a true native of the Sunshine State, she’s called central Florida – specifically the Orlando area – home since she was 8 years old.
She grew up in a close-knit family of Italian and Finnish descent – the kind of family with lots of relatives around and a tradition of sitting down to Sunday dinners together. This emphasis on family has remained a primary theme throughout her life.
Anne had a career in the mortgage business; she retired a few years ago. Gary and Anne met more than 20 years ago, while they were working hard to raise their children.
Anne and Gary were married in 2004, and began the process of blending their families together. At the time, the youngest child was 9; the two oldest were in college. Soon enough, the family’s six children became known affectionately as the “Bergy Bunch.”
The Bergenskes’ relaxed, but intentional, emphasis on family has helped ensure that everyone became a family. “Our three daughters and three sons have given us much joy and now they have blessed us with 11 wonderful grandchildren,” said Anne.
Even though her children are grown and on their own, family remains at the center of Anne’s life. She enjoys having the children and grandchildren visit, sharing family dinners and entertaining. When there’s time, Anne also enjoys the beach and gardening. For Anne, “Life is just normal – and good, and fun.”
Anne looks forward to serving the fraternity and philanthropy as First Lady, and to leading her fundraising program, Love Grows Miracles. The program will provide funding to support research being done by physicians and scientists at Shriners Hospitals for Children to ensure healthy births and pave the way for the development of innovative treatments that may one day eliminate some birth disorders.
Lady Anne invites you to join her in supporting the innovative research underway at Shriners Hospitals for Children. GIVE NOW: Donors to the Love Grows Miracles program receive a special gift for every $35/$40 donation!
Learn more about the First Lady's fundraising program.
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