Alexandria Alert: Slain music teacher to be honored

(WUSA9) -- More than a month after she was shot and killed at her home in Alexandria, Ruthanne Lodato will be honored by the Alexandria Commission for Women.

Tuesday, the group announced that the late music teacher would be among 10 women being honored for its 24th Annual Salute to Women Awards. The awards honor women for their "accomplishments in civic life and for the improvements they have brought about to the well-being of Alexandria women and girls," according to the commission.

Lodato is noted for being the founder of the children's program "Music Together Alexandria" and pianist for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She will posthumously receive the Donna Bergheim Cultural Affairs Award, according to the commission.

Other recipients include the late Vola Lawson, the former City Manager, Jen Walker, Joyce Rawlings, Nancy Martinez, Joan Renner, Jean Kelleher, Amy Creed, Wendy Webb and Cynthia Skinner. Commission representatives say they were selected by an independent committee appointed by the commission.

The awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office located at 600 Dulany Street. Tickets are $65 per person. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center.

You can visit or call Latoshia Love at 703-746-3123 for details or to purchase tickets.


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