For those who are thinking of sending flowers, the family is requesting that donations instead be made to two local charities: ALIVE! in Alexandria and the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. Lodato was a longtime music teacher.
Donations to ALIVE! in memory of Ruthanne Lodato will be designated for programs that support women and families who are working to build sustainable futures: the ALIVE! Child Development Center and ALIVE! House for women and children. The address is:
NVMTA stimulates the study and performance of music in the community. To contribute to a scholarship in Lodato's name, make donations to NVMTA and mail to: Debra Gunnerson 4509 Hazelnut Ct. Chantilly, VA 20151 (note Ruthanne Lodato)